ELGIN WELTA WADSWORTH 14K GOLD POCKET WATCH + GOLD BAND

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  • Item Category: Jewelry
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 08,2009
  • Channel: Online Auction

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ESTATE VINTAGE/ANTIQUE PIECE

14 KT GOLD (SOLID?) CASE with

WADSWORTH/ELGIN CASE -1920's

12KT GOLD FILLED 'JB' BRACELET (marked)

by JB 1925

RARE WELTA WATCH

Circa early 1900's

Beautiful lady's 14k gold wrist watch with gold filled expandable patent bracelet

I am not a jeweler or a watch collector but I do know this is a gorgeous early piece. I have listed the information that I have found about this piece below: If anyone has additional info. please let me know......

Wonderful high quality, artistry and workmanship... This piece is a high end, high quality piece .....it is beautiful!

DETAILS: This is an older pocket/pendant watch that has a watch band bracelet so it is used as a wristwatch....

The inside opened case lid reveals WADSWORTH REFEREE WARRENTED 20 years 4059496. It appears to be very old but I cannot find any information about this piece other than Wadsworth produced watch cases and placed various watches inside. The Elgin National Watch Company (ENWCo) bought the Wadsworth Watch Case Company of Kentucky in the early 1900's so I do not know if this was made prior or after this acquisition. I believe this case is either solid gold or gold filled. It has tested 14kt gold . Wadsworth/Elgin Made both 14kt gold and 14kt gold filled.

The inside watch portion is marked (on the watch) 7 jewels and 2ADJ (I believe this is the movement) F QUE WELTA SWISS . It also has AFRS and GIROD. Welta made Swiss made watches, Circa early 20thC and these were made in Switzerland.

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The watch band is gorgeous and is marked PATENT 2097,055 USA and is also marked 1/20 12KT gold filled . It has a trademark of J B inside a triangle . I traced the patent number to1925.....2,097,055 Issue Date: October 26, 1925.

WHAT IS GOLD FILLED? ....... Government Regulation: Gold filled items are regulated by the government. These items are tfore so much better then gold plated which has no regulations at all. Gold filled jewelry is made from solid gold and filled with other alloys such as rhodium (a member of the platinum family) and sterling silver. Gold filled wears, looks and lasts like solid gold because its outer surface IS solid gold. Everything you can see and touch is pure gold. In the jewelry industry the quantity of gold must be at least 1/20th by weight of the total product.

Gold-Filled items are generally considered lifetime products, and the gold layer will not wear off, as it will in electroplated products. Gold filled jewelry is often called the wave of the future because it offers all the same characteristics as solid gold such as strength, durability and beauty!

DESCRIPTION: ....Lovely ESTATE watch & bracelet This lovely ladies early watch and case resembles or possibly was a pocket/pendant watch. It is on a stunning watch bracelet that is comprised of links and elongated beads. The latch is an expandable patent bar that is very ingenius. It has various stages that you can expand or shorten this bracelet. Nice expansion. As you can see from the pictures, the band unfolds to several links which are similar to a chaise lounge lever. It has various links in order to shorten or enlarge. Delicate yet very practical. (TO OPEN, Pull upward on the latch button. Once the expansion opens and it is pulled outward all the way. Then you push on the latch and the entire link opens to four links. TO CLOSE: fold the four links together and then push the expansion to the desired length) PS...So you can work this easier, I will ship it with the links open. Being open you can see how it works. T is a trick but once you catch on it is easy . I guess that is why it is patented.

The face of this watch has an antique looking background (aged) with a black center and copper hands. The entire crystal is bezel set into the case.

One look and you tell the high quality of this piece and you can tell the...

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