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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself, making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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.
This gunmetal fob necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era is particularly wonderful! At the center of the piece is a large pyramidal fob made of gunmetal with an oval seal at its base. The seal is engraved with a set of initials and the surname "Stohlmann" in cursive script. The fob also serves as a vinaigrette, revealed by the ball of cotton that hangs inside, which would have originally been soaked in perfume. The fob hangs from two watch chains which have been combined to create a single unique chain. One side is a double cable link chain made of gunmetal rings and the opposite side alternates between long open links and simple jump rings. At the back of the piece is a large ring and clasp where the two chains come together. Dangling alongside the vinaigrette fob is a watch swivel and a gunmetal ball that hangs on its own chain. The piece has a wonderful Victorian look that merges perfectly into modern day fashion. Both simple and attractive, it would make a fabulous addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The chain measures approximately 19" long. The fob measures 1 1/2" tall, and is 1" at its widest and thickest point. The gunmetal ball has a diameter of approximately 1/2".
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gunmetal fob or chain, and the clasp is secure and in good working condition.