Georgian Huge French 18kt & Chalcedony Fob Pendant
A fob is an adornment or a seal that hangs from the ribbon or chain of a pocket watch. Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket. The fob would have been used to seal the wax of a letter or note.
An absolutely fantastic and unusual gold fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This gorgeous French piece is made of 18kt yellow gold and is detailed with a wonderful double sided winged figure and a chalcedony seal. The fob, which is particularly large in size, is open in the center and on the sides and curled bars stretch from the torso of the figure. The base of the fob, surrounding the chalcedony seal, has a soft repousse design which carries around the entire piece and it hangs from a detailed bail that carries a complimentary garland design. The unusual gold figure rests atop a creamy white oval shaped chalcedony stone that is completely smooth. This wonderful French fob is very unusual and collectable. It's a very special piece and would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The interior of the bail measures approximately 3/16" in diameter. The fob hangs a little less than 1 3/4" long, is 1 1/2" wide, and 1" in depth. The chalcedony fob measures approximately 1 1/8" long and 1" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. The handmade gold setting has 2 small dents that are hardly noticeable and not unusual for a Victorian fob. Other than this, there is no apparent damage to the gold figural fob, or to the chalcedony stone.