Victorian 14kt Guilloche Enamel 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket. 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!
Guilloché is an engraving technique in which a very precise, intricate pattern is mechanically etched into an underlying material with very fine detail. Most commonly, the Guilloche surface was then enameled and the repetitive, intricate design would show through the colorful enamel.
A fabulous guilloche fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This large 14kt yellow gold fob pendant is simply stunning and very unusual. The piece, which has a rounded, medal-like shape, is decorated with a gorgeous enameled surface, with hues of deep red, bright orange, forest green, yellow, and white. It is richly detailed with a fantastic guilloche design that can be found on both sides of the piece. Three ornate links dangle from the bottom of the large pendant, each carrying a complimentary design and detailed with enameling and cutouts. The piece hangs from a swivel watch hook, which is perfect to hang from a thick Victorian chain. This unique fob looks stunning when worn and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 3 1/8" long, is slightly less than 1" at the widest point and 1/8" at its thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold or enamel.