Georgian 10kt Amethyst Roman Seal 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself, making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket. Many fobs incorporated carved intaglios or signets at the base.
The opposite of a cameo, an intaglio is created by carving into the surface to produce an image in relief with the purpose of pressing into sealing wax.
A fantastic fob from the Georgian (ca1840) era! The framework of the fob is represented by a decorative handle crafted in 10kt yellow gold. At the base is a amethyst seal, which is carved with the detailed intaglio image of a five Roman men or women standing and conversing. The detailed imagery includes layered and flowing togas, and fine carved facial features and bodies. The rich color of the amethyst stone looks wonderful within the gold setting, and the smooth back of the amethyst seal allows the image to be easily seen, especially when it hits the light. A gold loop at the top is perfect for hanging the piece from a favorite chain. A strong and unusual Georgian piece, it would be perfect for any antique fob collector!
Measurement: The fob stands a little more than 1" tall. The oval shaped base measures a slightly more than 3/4" long and a little more than 5/8" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is great. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the amethyst intaglio, which is intact and free of any significant chips or scratches. There is some minor surface wear to the gold setting which is not unusual for a piece of the age.