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    Posted 5 years ago

    leese
    (12 items)

    I'm not sure what the particular item is. It has a charming picture covered in what I think is glass. The piece on top spins around but I'm not sure if it is entirely removable and I don't want to break it.
    Does anyone recognize it, or have suggestions where I might get more information?

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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      Pocket watch. Someone removed the watch face and put a picture inside. It doesn't open from the top - the back is removable.
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      The ribbed button is the winder.
    3. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      Had it still been a watch, it would have been a Half Hunter. Called that because there is no cover for the watch face.
    4. leese, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the info. I was stumped because it looks like a pocket watch but there is no way to open it, no hinges and appears seamless . I got this piece from the estate of a 90 plus year old collector but don't know the story behind it. It had been packed away for decades in a box with other interesting pieces.
    5. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      The back has to open up because someone had to be able to put the photo inside. Pocket watches don't have hinges - the entire back lifts off. Take it to jeweler and ask them to open it for you.
    6. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      I correct myself - they do have hinges, but these are not necessarily visible from the outside.
    7. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
      The back comes off by turning it counter-clockwise. Place the face of the watch in one palm & with your other palm unscrew it.
      Dave
    8. leese, 5 years ago
      It's seems like it must have been soldered shut because this thing is not budging. I will have to take it into a shop and see if they can do it. I know the same lady I got this from was constantly having custom pieces made, or taking old parts and making new things, and she was also a collector of all things unique so maybe she obtained it already remade.
    9. leese, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the comments and info!
    10. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      LOL what we go through for the things we collect!
    11. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years ago
      Looks like Thomas Gainsborough image. You think?
    12. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Have them check to see if it's gold while you're at it. The "winder" I believe is called the crown. The button there doesn't push down? Pretty cool item.
    13. lentilka11, 5 years ago
      This is so very interesting!!
    14. davyd286, 5 years ago
      It's not gold; and like others have said, it must open - jewelers would have a special tool for opening such watches. What a neat idea - to put a picture inside; when you get it open, you may want to put in a picture or other mementoes of your choice and add a chain to make a cool pendant necklace.

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