Victorian Silver Greyhound Dog Fob with Banded Agate 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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.
A lovely figural fob from the Victorian era (ca1880) with a charming greyhound dog motif! Made of vibrant 800 silver, the fob has a wonderful 3-dimensional design. The dog sits on its hind legs, with its tail tucked under and its head and head slightly raised. A collar is wrapped around its neck, and lightly engraved detail represents its fur and facial features. Gilded accents give a subtle mixed metals appearance to the design. At the base of the fob is a smooth banded agate seal, which is polished for a glossy finish, and has a natural earthy stripes of black, deep brown, and white. A soldered 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 be 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.
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or to the banded agate seal, which is intact and free of chips or surface scratches. The ring at the side of the piece for hanging is secure.