Phillippe Necklace

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The three-sided spinning pendant featured in this necklace is a modern recreation of a Victorian gentleman’s watch fob. 

Before wristwatches, men kept their timepieces in their pockets attached to a chain adorned with a decorative fob. The most fashionable type was a spinner fob with three rotating sides like this one.

We named this necklace after Adrien Philippe, the inventor of the first pocket watch that did not require a key to operate. Called a stem wind watch, the first one was sold at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 to Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert.

The fob holds three rare and collectible, midcentury oval cabochons, including a hand-carved Japanese shell cameo, an iridescent, faceted white glass oval, and lustrous mother-of-pearl oval.

In this piece:

  • Hand-carved shell cameo made in Japan, circa 1950-1960
  • Mother-of-pearl cabochon set with brass stamping made today in the USA in antique dies
  • Vintage, iridescent, faceted white glass cabochon
  • Brass-plated pewter setting cast today in the USA
  • Brass bead cap stamped today in the USA in vintage dies
  • Antiqued brass chain
  • Glass pearl bead chain
  • Handmade 4” tassel
  • Length 24” with a 4” extender

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