Victorian Petite 14kt Dog Fob & Carnelian "Forget Me Not" Intaglio 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself, making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 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 and fobs.
A lovely figural fob from the Victorian era (ca1880) with a charming hunting hound dog motif! Crafted in 14kt gold, the fob is very petite in size, and has a wonderful 3-dimensional design. The dog sits on its hind legs, its floppy ears hanging at either side of its head, and its tail pointed at the back. It rests above a domed platform, which is decorated with a textured respousse motif. At the base of the fob is a carnelian seal, which has a rich, deep burnt sienna color. Carved into the surface of the seal are the sentimental words "FORGET ME NOT," surrounding a delicate forget-me-not flower. A gold ring is attached to the dog's back, perfect for hanging the piece from a chain or charm bracelet. Figural fobs are very collectible, and this one is particularly wonderful due to its miniature size. It would make a perfect piece for any dog lover or antique fob collector!
Measurements: The fob hangs 3/4" long, including the ring bail at the top. The fob itself stands 5/8" tall, and measures about 1/2" across at the base of the seal.
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the carnelian seal, which is intact and free of noticeable chips or scratches. The ring bail for hanging is securely attached.