Victorian French Porcelain & Sterling Drummer 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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.
A stunning and unusual French figural fob from the late Victorian (ca1900) era! This wonderful piece, which is made of porcelain and sterling silver, depicts a painted colonial drummer. The man, who is wearing a hat and jacket, is sitting on a green stump and has a drum resting on his lap. The base of the fob appears to read “TOUJOUS GAY”, which I believe translates to “always happy”. The painted detail of the image is simply wonderful, with textured hair, a charming face and a patterned jacket. The underside of the fob has the script monogram "BRVLE" with what appears to be a fire. On the back of the man is a small silver ring, which would be perfect for hanging from a long chain. Porcelain fobs are very fragile and have become unusual to find because of their delicate nature. This one is particularly stunning and would make a lovely addition to any collection!
Measurements: The overall height of the fob measures 1 1/8" at the tallest point, and a little less than 1/2" at the widest point. The fob plaque has a diameter of a little less than 5/8" wide. The "o" ring has a diameter of 1/4".
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides a couple very minor chips and wear to the paint, there is no serious damage to the porcelain fob.