Victorian Carved Ivory Horse Head 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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.
A wonderful carved ivory fob/pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This artistic and unusual hand carved piece is fairly large in size and wonderfully detailed. Made of ivory, the figural fob is carved to depict the head of a horse, which is dressed with metallic accents including a horse bit, bridle and delicate chains depicting reigns. The horse head has a 3-dimensional design and is carved with realistic facial features, a mane and lowered ears. The piece hangs from a simple bail which is ideal for hanging from a long gold chain. This fabulous fob is perfect for the equestrian enthusiast and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The horse head hangs 2" long, including the bail and measures 1/2" wide and 5/8" at its thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the carved ivory or to the bail, which is secure and intact.