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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself, making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 stunning fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Made of 18k yellow gold, this special piece portrays the shape of a 3-dimensional horse galloping on his way atop a dark green bloodstone base. The horse is incredibly detailed and bears an etched linear texture which resembles hair, as well as nicely outlined facial details, a flowing tail and mane as well. The gold plate that is attached to the bloodstone seal also features some lightly engraved detail around the border. The deep green bloodstone seal is carved with a muscular arm drawing back a bow and arrow, with a ribbon above the bow inscribed with the Latin phrase, "Vincere Vel Mori" which translates to, "Victory Before Death". The fob is complete with a simple matching gold bail, allowing you to hang this from any of your favorite chains. An incredible example of a wax seal, this Victorian-era fob is perfect for any collector!
Measurement: The fob stands 1 1/4" tall, 1" wide at the base, and 3/4" deep.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the bloodstone.