| Country/Region of Manufacture: || France |
This rare and unusual watch chain probably date to between 1835 and 1850. It was the property of a carom billiard player, and is historically important due to the function of the fob as a cue tip chalk holder. The cue tip chalk commonly found in cube form today had not yet been invented. Some serious billiard players carried their own chalk. This piece appears to have been custom made for this purpose. Chalk residue is still present.The chain measures just over 13" excluding the watch. The slides measure about 13/16" by 5/8" and are intricately decorated with fleur-de-lis prongs and balls. The unique opaline glass stones have black white and blue layers. The chain and glass show light scratches and dents, but no significant damage.The watch is key wind and set and does tick. It seems well maintained; however, to prevent possible damage, it is suggested that it be evaluated by a watchmaker before winding. The winding key is not available.INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Additional customs fees may apply to this purchase and are the buyer's responsibility. Please check your country's shipping laws before purchasing. Most purchases are delivered within 1 to 2 weeks; customs delays increase shipping times. Though rare, I must reserve the right to refuse shipping to some destinations.