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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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! Shaped like a drum or hat box, the fob is set in 14kt gold the fob hangs from a simple curved gold bar spinner. The fob is double sided with a round agate stone on one side and a carnelian on the other. Both stones are smooth and the agate side has a thin layer of creamy white agate on the surface with what looks to be carnelian underneath. The stones are bezel set in a 14kt yellow gold base which spins freely if desired. The outside of the mounting of the fob is adorned with a lovely design of squiggles and six 3-leaf clovers. An oval shaped gold ring is at the top where one can hang it from their favorite chain. A beautiful piece, this would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurement: The carnelian and the banded agate fob (including the gold bezel) has an approximate diameter of 3/4" and a depth of 3/8". The overall size from the top to the bottom of the fob (when it is twisted to stand upright) measures approximately 1 1/4" tall.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. The carnelian and banded agate are in fine condition, with only a couple very minor and unnoticeable chips on the sides. The spinning swivel moves easily but stays securely in place when desired.