Victorian 18kt Greyhound Dog Fob with Bloodstone Seal
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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 base of the fob would often have been used to seal the wax of a letter or note. The opposite of a cameo, an intaglio is created by carving below the surface to produce and image in relief with the purpose of pressing into sealing wax, often used in signet rings.
A lovely figural fob from the Victorian era (ca1880) with a charming greyhound dog motif! Made of vibrant 18kt yellow gold, the fob has a wonderful 3-dimensional design. The dog sits on its hind legs, with its tail tucked under and its head and neck turned to face the back. A collar is wrapped around its neck, and lightly engraved detail represents its fur and facial features. At the base of the fob is a smooth bloodstone seal, which is polished for a glossy finish, and has a wonderful forest green color flecked with burnt orange specks. A gold ring is attached to the side of the dog's collar, perfect for hanging the piece from a chain. Figural fobs are very desirable, and this one is particularly wonderful due to its detailed craftsmanship. It would make a perfect piece for any dog lover or fob collector!
Measurements: The fob stands 1" tall. The bloodstone seal at the base measures 5/8" long and 1/2" wide. The total pennyweight of the piece is 5.0 dwt (7.8 grams).
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold setting or to the bloodstone seal, which is intact and free of chips or scratches. The ring at the side of the piece for hanging is secure.