Victorian Sterling/15kt Carnelian Horse & Lady 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket. The fob would have been used to seal the wax of a letter or note.
A rare and unusual figural fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Made of silver with 15kt yellow gold accents, this wonderful English piece is detailed and artistic. The 3-dimensional design depicts a Victorian lady riding a horse. She sits side saddle, the skirt of her dress gathered in folds of fabric at the side, a riding crop in one hand and the reins in another. At the base of the platform fob is a smooth carnelian seal, which is bezel set and displays a beautiful deep orange color. The piece hangs from a gold ring at the top that is attached to the lady's brimmed hat. Figural fobs are very unusual, and this one is particularly fine. It would make a special addition to any antique fob collection!
Measurements: The fob hangs 1 1/4" long, including the gold ring at the top. Excluding the bail, the fob itself stands 1" tall, measures 7/8" wide, and 1/2" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or gold accents. The carnelian seal remains intact and free of any noticeable chips or surface scratches. The ring for hanging is securely soldered shut. A natural patina on the surface of the silver gives further depth and dimension to the design, and is normal for an antique piece.