Victorian Sterling & Gold Carnelian Figural Dog Fob
An unusual figural fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful fob is made of sterling silver and features a stately 3-dimensional dog head which rests atop a silver platform. On the bottom of the fob is a richly colored carnelian stone which has the phrase "FAIS CE QUE DOIS ADVIENNE QUE POURRA" along with the initials "CD" hand carved within it. The phrase, which is French, roughly translates to "Do as you must, come what may". The dog appears to be a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and is highly detailed, including realistic facial features, textured fur on its face and ears and 2 red crystals representing its eyes. A natural patina on the surface of the silver gives a darkened, antiqued look to the grooves in the piece, adding depth to the design. The rim at the base of the neck and the bail atop it's head is 10kt yellow gold adding a wonderful mixed metals look. The fob hangs from a short sterling and gold chain, which is perfect for hanging from a chain. A very artistic Victorian piece, this striking fob would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The fob hangs 1 1/4" long, measures 7/8" at the widest point, and 3/4" at its thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or bail, which is secure and intact.