Victorian 12kt Carved Ivory Hunting Dog 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 have a flat base, which can be left smooth or with a seal, which would have been used to seal the wax of a letter or note.
A spectacular carved ivory fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Now a banned material, antique and vintage ivory jewelry has become very collectible. This beautiful hand carved ivory figural fob is wonderfully detailed and depicts a three-dimensional hunting dog. The incredible craftsmanship includes delicate facial features, floppy ears, a full swinging tail, and textured detail to represent fur. The dog is featured prominently adopt an ivory platform with a carved criss-cross pattern at each sides. At the base of the fob is an oval-shaped ivory seal, which rests below a 12kt rose gold seam. The piece hangs from a simple gold loop, which is ideal for attaching to a bail and hanging from your favorite chain. An unusual Victorian piece, it would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ivory fob measures approximately 1" tall, is 1 1/4" at the widest point and 1/2" at the thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is very good. It appears that the ivory dog tail was reattached at one point with a clear jeweler's epoxy, securely restoring this wonderful antique piece to its intact condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the rose gold seam or loop for hanging, which is secure and intact. The ivory seal at the base of the fob shows a carved groove in the center, and there is some light surface wear that is normal for a Victorian era piece.