Reimagined Components: We found this antique (likely 1920-1930) Admiral Watch Co. watch movement in a pile of old parts and pieces of broken watches at a flea market. In beautiful condition, we picked it up and found a perfectly sized coin, an antique Alabama state tax token, to fit in one of the missing gear settings. Along with that, we paired this design with a small vintage Yale key that hangs from the bottom. The remarkably unique, steam-punk style design hangs on a chunky 24'' 12mm brass curb chain.
Components Found in: Lambertville NJ, Cottonwood AZ & Long Beach CA
~Watch n’ clock~
The incredible craftsmanship required to create a piece of machinery so sensitive that it can keep perfect synchronous motion is a true testament to human ingenuity and artistry.
~Keys / Locks~
The right key can unlock the door to a lover’s heart, a new and bright opportunity, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, a chest of treasure, a deep and dark secret, or even change time itself by the winding of an old grandfather clock…
Historically, Companies like PF Corbin (known for their beautifully engraved “Carded keys”) or the Tower company (1865 founder John Tower) who was responsible for the first metal handcuff, can serve as a reminder that there is beauty in having the key to free ourselves…but taking the first step through the door is entirely up to you…one key, one lock…but what’s on the other side of the door is infinite possibility.
~Alabama State Luxury Tax Token~
During the Great Depression some states created these tokens as a means for customers to pay tax on very small items where the tax would have been less than a penny. Undoubtedly a unique addition to any history buffs collection.
On the 14th of December 1819 as a direct effect of the Indian wars, Alabama was officially made the 22nd state. This State rich in history has acted as theatre to events like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the WW2 era “New Deal”. However, the richness of this deeply cultured state predates European settlement. At least 12,000 years ago, Native Americans or Paleo-Indians in the Southeast were hunter-gatherers who pursued a wide range of animals, including the megafauna, which became extinct following the end of the Pleistocene age.
Our imaginations have been captivated by the stars since the first sentient human looked up and wondered what those iridescent glowing orbs could possibly be. The five-pointed star has been found on mason jars dating back to 3100 B.C.E uncovered North of Thebes in Egypt. It's been etched onto ancient Mesopotamian tablets dating back to 3200 B.C.E.What makes the Star such a prolific symbol across human culture? Perhaps, its close association to the heavens or its perfect Pythagorean geometry. It represents hope, serves as a guiding light to show us the way home, and so much more.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.