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Niello

Niello watch cases usually date approximately to the late 1890s or early 1900s. Niello is a form of decorating metal dating back to ancient times. It is the application of a dark, black or nearly black metalic substance, to engraved metal. The niello is bonded to the engraved metal by means of high temperature, forming a fairly sturdy finish.

This decorative technique became popular on watch cases around the turn of the century. Niello cases were produced almost entirely in Europe, although at least one U.S. case company made them. James H. Wolf has done a good job of describing niello cases in his article "The Niello Watch Case - Artistry In Time," see References below for links.

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References


Message Board Threads

This thread, started in November 2002 by Jerry Treiman, discusses Niello cases and shows several made by the Keystone Watch Case Co.


Articles
In addition to NAWCC members borrowing back issues for the NAWCC Bulletin from the NAWCC Lending Library, they are available online to NAWCC members who are currently logged in.

"The Niello Watch Case - Artistry In Time," James H. Wolf, NAWCC Bulletin No. 330, February 2001, pg. 34-36.

"The Niello Watch Case - Artistry In Time," James H. Wolf, Ashland Investments, Fl, November 2001.
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Examples

Ashland Niello List, Insert 1, Ashland Investments, Fl, December 2001.
Ashland Niello List, Insert 2, Ashland Investments, Fl, December 2001.
Ashland Niello List, Insert 3, Ashland Investments, Fl, December 2001.
Ashland Niello List, Insert 4, Ashland Investments, Fl, December 2001.
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