Portuguese watch key

Portuguese watch key pendant

A large and exceptionally fine quality Portuguese watch key, circa 1780. The gold key contains on the obverse a sepia miniature of hands clasped over a burning flame. It is inscribed : amor firmelove fixed and without end. To reverse a plaque set with hair flowers within a surround of plaited hair on a ground of blue silk. Both sides are within a surround of perfectly colour matched sea-green foiled chrysolites, with gold bead detail typical of Portuguese jewels from this era. It is 2 and 1/4 inches in length and one inch wide. Immaculate.