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Shreve & Company Enamel Pocket Watch



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A colorful as a butterfly's wings and as fanciful in design as a kaleidoscope pattern, this most marvelous pocket watch by renowned San Francisco jeweler, Shreve & Co., might make your cell phone--masquerading as a timepiece--just a little jealous. The light cream-colored dial with deep blue Arabic numbers is set in a surround of vibrant green, purple, and gold guilloche enamel, rimmed on the perimeter with textured 10K yellow gold. The serial number indicates that it was made between 1917 and 1919. The novel and striking color combination of green and violet are often associated with rare Suffragette jewels of Great Britain from the early-20th-century. Though this piece is American made, It is possible this watch could have been worn by an American suffragette inspired by her British counterparts. Measures 1 1/6 by 1 1/8 inches.


10 Karat Yellow Gold, Silver
1 1/16 Inch
1 1/8 Inch
3/8 Inch
Gram Weight:
25.7 Grams
Early 20th Century
Shreve & Co

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