Victorian Carved Ivory Horse Head + Horseshoe Nail Fob Pendant
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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 wonderful carved ivory fob pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This dramatic 3-dimensional piece is particularly long and decorated with wonderful rosy gold-filled details. The figural fob is hand carved to depict the head of a horse, grasping a chain which hangs from the bit in its mouth. The horse head is carved with realistic facial features, a mane and lowered ears and is dressed with gold-tone accents including a horse bit, decorative bridle and bold chains depicting reigns. Dangling freely from the chain is a carved ivory horseshoe and a beautiful large nail with etched detail weaving through its center. A smoothly polished silver surface is visible on either tip and back of the horseshoe, providing a secure setting for the carving. The pendant hangs from a lovely curved wirework bail displaying a light catching amber colored French paste stone at its center. This fabulous fob is perfect for the equestrian enthusiast and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The horse head hangs approximately 3 7/8" long, including the bail and measures about 1" wide at the widest and 5/8" at its thickest point.
Condition: The fob pendant is in an overall good antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage gold filled accents, French paste stone or to the bail, both of which are secure and intact. Unfortunately, a small tip from one of the horse's ear is missing, however, it is barely noticeable when worn and not unusual given the age of the piece and its delicate material.