Victorian 10kt Banded Agate & Bloodstone Spinner Fob
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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket. A spinner or swivel fob has two or more plaques which can be turned or swiveled within a moveable bracket. This allows the wearer a choice as to which face is displayed prominently! The fob would have been used to seal the wax of a letter or note.
This stunning spinner fob is from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Oval in shape and set in 10kt gold, the fob hangs sideways from a scrolled and etched gold spinning topper. The fob is double sided with a bloodstone on one side and a black and white banded agate stone on the other side. Both stones are smooth and the banded agate side has a thin layer of creamy white agate on the surface. The stones are bezel set in a 10kt yellow gold base which spins freely and easily if desired. A large gold "O" ring is at the top where one can hang it from their favorite chain. The fob is marked on the side "10CT". A beautiful piece, this would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurement: The agate and bloodstone fob (including the gold bezel) measures a little less than 7/8" wide and a little less than 1" tall. When hanging, the fob measures 1 3/4" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. The banded agate and bloodstone are in fine condition, with only normal surface wear. The spinning swivel moves easily and smoothly but stays securely in place when desired.