Victorian Huge 18kt Carved Intaglio Citrine 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself, making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket. A spinner or swivel fob has two or more sides, which can be turned or swiveled within a moveable bracket. This allows the wearer a choice as to which side is displayed prominently!
A magnificent fob pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This extra large citrine fob is made of 18kt yellow gold and has a very ornate design. At the base is a beautiful citrine stone, which displays a rich color and is faceted to create a prism-like effect. Carved into the center is an intaglio crest image to form a seal. The vibrant yellow gold framework is highly detailed with an elaborate filigree design and hand-etched details. At the center is a gold orb with leaf accents that decorate the outside. Attached to the top is a large gold "O" ring, allowing the fob to be easily hung and worn from a favorite chain. Stamped on the side of the fob and the gold jump ring are several hallmarks, including: "JM", "r", "18", and a small shield and crown. A spectacular Victorian piece, it looks very striking when worn and is perfect for any fob collector!
Measurement: The fob hangs 2" long (including the gold ring at the top). The citrine stone at the base measures 1 1/4" by 1" within the gold bezel setting.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting, bail, or citrine stone, which is intact. There is a natural patina on the surface of the gold in some areas, which is normal for a Victorian era piece and adds depth to the design.