Victorian Sterling Carnelian & Bloodstone Spinner 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself, making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 face is displayed prominently!
A lovely spinner fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Round in shape and set in sterling silver, the fob hangs from a structured wirework spinner handle. The double-sided design holds a bloodstone on one side and a carnelian stone on the other. Both stones have a smoothly polished surface and exhibit wonderful natural colors! The bloodstone has a deep, forest green color flecked with orange specks, while the carnelian displays a rich burnt sienna hue. Both stones are bezel set within the sterling base, which spins freely and easily when turned, making the fob reversible. A large silver "O" ring rests at the top of the handle, allowing it to be hung it from a favorite chain. The side of the fob has several English hallmarks, which are now partially faded due to normal surface wear. They appear to be "W.J.A.," a lion, a shield, and the letter "P." A simple yet beautiful piece, this wonderful fob would look perfect worn on a silver chain!
Measurements: The entire fob hangs 1 1/2" long, and measures approximately 1 1/4" tall when free standing. The round double sided spinner has a 7/8" diameter.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting, and carnelian stones, or spinner, which moves freely and easily. There are a few small chips in the bloodstone but are not noticeable when worn and does not detract from the beauty of the piece. The hallmarks on the side of the bezel are now somewhat faded due to normal wear, but are still partially visible. The ring for hanging is secure and intact.