Victorian Sterling Bloodstone & Carnelian Double Lion Spinner Fob
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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 spinner or swivel fob has two or more plaques which can be turned or swiveled within a moveable bracket. This allows the wearer a choice as to which face is displayed prominently. The seal of the fob would have been used to seal the wax of a letter or note.
A fantastic sterling silver spinner fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! The double-sided design holds a bloodstone on one side and a carnelian stone on the other side, both of which are richly colored and smoothly polished. The agate stones are bezel set within the sterling base, which spins freely and easily when turned, making the fob reversible. The spinner hangs from a structured frame and decorative handle at the top. Two growling lions rest at the top of the handle, complete with textured repousse detail and a 3-dimensional design. A silver "O" ring rests at the top of the handle, perfect for hanging from a favorite silver chain. The side of the fob has several English hallmarks, including a lion, a shield, the letter "M," and a maker's hallmark. A simple yet beautiful piece, this wonderful fob would make a lovely addition to any collection!
Measurements: The entire fob hangs 1 3/4" long, and stands approximately 1 1/2" tall when free standing. The round double sided spinner has a 3/4" diameter and is 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or spinning function, which moves freely and easily. Both agate stones are intact and secure within their setting, and are free of any noticeable chips or scratches. The English hallmarks on the side of the bezel are now somewhat faded due to normal wear, but are still partially visible. The ring for hanging is secure and intact. There is a light natural patina on the surface of the silver, which is normal for a Victorian era piece and adds depth to the design.