A late 19th century enamel and diamond watch chain or Léontine, comprising a circular brooch, centrally set with rose cut diamond within a red and black star enamel surround, suspending a chain with kite shape enamel and rose cut diamond spacers and spring clasp, length 10.1cm, gross weight 8.2g. Pictured in How the Watch was Worn by Genevieve Cummings, plate 404. Cummings states this piece closely matches Vever's description of a Léontine as a brooch with a short chain for a watch: "For a while it was fashionable to replace the 'baton' or the hook which secured the chain to the corsage with a flat circular brooch that matched the watch case. The brooch was worn prominently and was...often centred with a small decorative motif or a gemstone. This variety of chain was called 'Léontine' after a successful actress." p.138.
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Auction: Fine Jewellery & Watches, 10th Dec, 2020
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