Early Victorian Petite 9kt Carnelian Intaglio Bird "Dispatch" 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket. The opposite of a cameo, an intaglio is created by carving below the surface of a stone. Intaglios were often present in antique fobs and signet rings, used for the purpose of sealing the wax of a letter or note.
This lovely intaglio fob from the Early Victorian era (ca1840) is quite a special find! The piece is crafted in 9kt gold (indicating English origin), and is rather petite in size. A swirled framework handle is set above the gold platform, adding a decorative touch! Set within the base of the fob is a richly colored carnelian plaque with an engraved intaglio image. The carving depicts a bird in flight, holding an object in its beak. Above the bird is the the word "DISPATCH" shown in mirror image. Completing the design is a simple gold ring attached to the top of the handle, perfect for hanging the piece from a favorite chain. A charming Victorian piece, it is perfect for the antique fob collector!
Measurements: The piece hangs 1" long, (including the ring at the top), measures 5/8" wide, 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 setting. The carnelian plaque is intact, securely set, and free of chips or scratches. The bail at the top of the piece is securely attached.