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"The Keys to The Time Machine" Antique Pocketwatch Movement & Key Necklace

$ 63.00

This antique Elgin National Watch co. pocketwatch movement has been paired with an antique PF Corbin carded key with a number 2 on its back. These two treasures speak softly of the past and make a beautiful talisman for remembering bygone times. These treasures have been strung on a 19.5" braided brass chain. 

Components discovered in Quartzsite AZ

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 is preserved and/or sealed to ensure its longevity and protection. Each and every item is made by hand by owners Nathan and Ali, therefore, some small imperfections or variations may be present in your design. To us, this only adds to the beauty and rarity of your particular piece. 1888 Design does not claim ownership over the design or production of any vintage, antique, or otherwise repurposed object used in the creation of our jewelry. 

Each 1888 Design piece contains unique elements of symbolic or historic value that mean something different to us all. Let's break down what the elements in this design are


The telling and keeping of time has a long and ever-evolving history with humanity. The word “clock” comes from the medieval Latin word clocca, meaning “bell”, with cognates in many different European languages. There have been many examples throughout history of devices made to mark the passage of time that doesn't involve our current numerical system. Some examples are candle clocks, incense clocks, hourglasses, and tally sticks. It is thought that the earliest known records of humans utilizing time-measuring devices started with the sundial, created in Ancient Egypt. Soon after, the use of water clocks was known to have been used in Ancient Egypt and Babylon as well. 

It wasn’t until the 1500s that we started to see time-tracking devices that were worn or carried during travel. It is thought that German clockmaker Peter Henlien was the inventor of the very first watch, which was originally worn around the neck as a pendant or attached to clothing. These timepieces had an hour hand only and, had to be wound twice a day. They were typically made of brass and were round in shape with a hinged brass covering over the face, though a trend for irregularly shaped devices made an appearance at the end of the century which included flowers, animals, insects, stars, books, crosses, and even skulls, known as Death’s head watches.

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 kickstart 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… what’s on the other side of the door is infinite possibility.


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"When the earrings arrived the whole opening experience was so beautiful. The story, sweet postcard, the feather, and finally opening the earrings box - I've been wearing them all day and they feel like they're supposed to be with me"

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Are your earrings hypoallergenic?

All earring posts are made out of sterling silver, stainless steel, or brass metals unless otherwise stated in the product description. Sterling silver and stainless steel are both hypoallergenic metals. Brass can react differently among different skin types, so we advise knowing your body's tolerance to brass prior to purchasing earrings with brass ear posts. Again, all metals used are stated in each product's description tab.

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All components used in our jewelry are found and carefully selected with beauty, durability, safety, and vibrant, lasting energy in mind

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