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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 base of the fob would often have been used to seal the wax of a letter or note. The opposite of a cameo, an intaglio is created by carving below the surface to produce and image in relief with the purpose of pressing into sealing wax, often used in signet rings.
A fantastic figural fob from the Victorian era (ca1880) with a charming hunting dog motif! Made of vibrant 14kt yellow gold, the fob is particularly large in scale, and has a wonderful 3-dimensional design. The dog appears to be trotting in motion, with an outstretched snout and a long, pointed tail. The lovely craftsmanship includes delicate facial features, floppy ears, and textured detail to represent fur. Additionally, each eye is represented by a small garnet stone. The hunting dog is featured prominently atop a yellow gold platform and at the base of the fob is a large, smoothly polished carnelian seal. Carved into the surface of the seal is a set of initials which are framed in a wheat-like border. The fob hangs from a large gold ring which is attached to the dog's back, perfect for hanging from a chain or charm bracelet. Figural fobs are very collectible, and this one is particularly wonderful due to its exceptionally large size. The bail is stamped "14". It would make a perfect piece for any dog lover or antique fob collector!
Measurements: The fob hangs a little less than 2" long, including the bail at the top. The fob stands 1 1/4" tall, measures 1 7/8" wide, and 1" deep.
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold setting or to the carnelian seal, which is intact and free of chips or scratches. The bail for hanging is securely attached.