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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 figural fob from the late Victorian (ca1900) era! This wonderful piece depicts a smooth oval shaped bloodstone agate fob which rests at the bottom of a detailed figural lion. The lion, which is made of solid sterling silver, is standing on all four legs atop an ornate pedestal. The detail of the image is simply wonderful, with textured fur and a charming face. On the back of the lion is a small silver ring which would be perfect for hanging from a long chain. Figural fobs are very unusual and this one is particularly stunning!
Measurements: The overall height of the fob measures 1" at the tallest point, a little more than 3/4" at the widest point, and has a depth of 5/8". The bloodstone fob plaque measures a little less than 5/8" tall, 1/2" wide. The "o" ring has a diameter of 1/16"
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides a minor surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver figure or to the bloodstone plaque.