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1890s French Niello Compass (on white background)
1890s French Niello Compass (on black background)
1890s French Niello Compass (backside)
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1890s French Niello Compass

1890s French Niello Compass (on white background)
1890s French Niello Compass (on black background)
1890s French Niello Compass (backside)
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A beautifully styled French-made compass watch fob that would be work well as a pendant necklace. Niello is a black mixture of copper, silver, and lead inlaid into engraved silver. It's a centuries old technique, but it was particularly popular in France at the end of the 19th century.

Materials

Niello on Sterling Silver, Glass

Date

1880-90s

Condition

Good. Minor surface wear. Compass functions.

Size

Total Drop (including bale): 1-1/8"
Width: 3/4"