Posted 5 years ago
Here is something that is a curiosity to me, when did the 'start' of retractable mechanisms begin?
This is an antique Ketcham & Mcdougall Retractable Brooch. The retractable chain does not 'retract'. I guess there are places that MIGHT be able to repair this?
On the back it is marked: KETCHAM & McDOUGALL, PAT FEB 24, 1903, NEW YORK. The pin has a C clasp.
I did find an archive of what seems to be a 'Jewelers Association' newsletter/advertisements in 1909 where Ketcham & McDougall were advertising they makers of 'Automatic Eye-Glass Holders ' among other things. It was pretty fascinating.
It desperately needs to be cleaned up . No idea of what kind of metal...thoughts? Ideas on what to use to clean an item of unknown material?