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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 fantastic horseshoe fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful piece is made of 15kt yellow gold and features a 3-dimensional horseshoe design. Each side of the horseshoe is decorated with six silver nail studs as well as engraved detail. The fob, which is fairly large in size, is open in the center and on the sides, and has a graduated arc shape inside of the horseshoe opening. The arms of the arch and the ends of the horseshoe come together at the base of the fob, which is a lovely diamond-shaped bloodstone seal. This wonderful fob hangs from a simple gold bail which is perfect for hanging from a long gold chain. It's a very special piece and would make a fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurements: The fob hangs a little less than 1 3/8" long, is 7/8" at its widest point. The bloodstone seal measures approximately 3/8" on each side and 1/2" from tip to tip.
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting, the silver studs, or the bloodstone seal.