Victorian 14kt Greek Figure & Lyre Carnelian Intaglio 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself, making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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, used to seal the wax of a letter or note.
A fantastic fob pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful fob is fairly large in size and is crafted in 14kt yellow gold. At the base is a detailed intaglio image carved into a carnelian stone. The carving depicts a figure in profile, complete with flowing hair and sculpted facial features. Shown at the side is a stringed instrument called a lyre. The imagery and style has a strong foothold in Greek mythology, and the presence of the lyre suggests that the figure is likely either Apollo or Orpheus, both known for their musical talent and ownership of the lyre. A decorative gold handle acts as the fob's framework, and a gold loop at the top is perfect for hanging the piece from a favorite chain. The rich color of the carnelian stone looks wonderful in the gold setting, and the carved detail is quite artistic. A strong Victorian piece, it would be perfect for any antique fob collector!
Measurement: The fob stands approximately 1 1/2" tall. The base measures 1 1/8" long and 1" wide. The total pennyweight of the piece is 7.5 dwt.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or carnelian intaglio, which is intact. There is a natural patina on the surface of the gold and on the bezel surrounding the intaglio, which is normal for a Victorian era piece and adds depth to the design.