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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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! Oval in shape and set in 9kt gold, the fob hangs sideways from a structured heavy gold link chain spinner. The fob is double sided with a bloodstone on one side and a carnelian agate on the other. Both stones are smooth and the carnelian side has a thin layer of creamy white agate on the surface. The stones are bezel set in a 9kt yellow gold base which spins freely and easily if desired. A large gold "O" ring is at the top where one can hang it from their favorite chain. The fob appears to be marked in 2 separate spots: once on the side of the chain link spinner which looks to be the number "9" and "375"; there also looks like there was a marking on the bottom of the gold of the fob however it has worn away and I am unable to read what it says. Please refer to the images. A beautiful piece, this would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurement: The carnelian and bloodstone fob (including the gold bezel) measures approximately 7/8" wide and approximately 1" tall. The overall size from the top to the bottom of the fob (when it is twisted to stand upright) measures approximately 1 3/8" tall.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. The carnelian agate and bloodstone are in fine condition, with no apparent chips and the spinning swivel moves easily and smoothly but stays securely in place when desired.