Pocket Watches

A shield-shaped pendant watch in authentic box

    A shield-shaped pendant watch in authentic box

    Russia, St Petersburg

    Last quarter of the 19th century

    Maker J. Liebermann

    Gold, enamel, glass, metal alloys, diamonds, rubies; casting, presswork, embossing, engraving, painted enamel, champlevé enamel

    5.5 x 2.6 x 0.9 cm

    The dial is signed "J-LIEBERMANN / ST.PETERSBOURG". Marks on the case: "IG" (?), a hallmark of the city of St Petersburg with an assay mark 56. Running along the edge of the back lid is a white enamel ribbon with an inscription in small diamonds: "To A.A. VARSHAVSKAYA". in the upper part, under a coronet is a white enamelled schield with a laid-on monogram of Emperor Alexander III (AIII). Inside the case, executed in small diamonds are dates "1874" and "1876".

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    This pendant watch was presented by the Orenburg Railway Company to Mrs A.A. Varshavskaya and could be commemorating the completion of the railway line connecting Orenburg and Samara (1874-1876). Such pendants were given to shareholders or investors of the railway company as a `'wearable sign" allowing their holders free access to the services of the respective railway line.

    The movement with a balance wheel, spring-powered cylinder escapement, hands indicating hours and minutes, and a remontoir.

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    Инв.514.S/ММП