Victorian Gold-Filled "LT SE TAIRE" Grouse Carnelian Fob
An unusual figural fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful gold-filled fob depicts a charming bird, which appears to be a grouse, resting atop a decorative platform. At the base of the fob is a hand-carved carnelian seal which features the phrase "LT SE TAIRE" carved into the surface, along with an eye and an ear. The French phrase "lt se taire" translates to "to shut it" or "to shut up". The grouse has lovely detail with a textured body and a majestic looking stance. A twisted gold wire bail is attached to the bird's back, perfect for hanging the piece from a chain. Its delicate size and appearance make it suitable as a either small pendant or antique charm. A beautiful piece, it would make a wonderful addition to any fob collection!
Measurement: The fob measures approximately 1" tall, 1/2" at its widest point and 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold-filled, setting and the carnelian seal is intact and free of any chips or scratches. The ring for hanging is secure.