Victorian Sterling Dog Head + Foil Back Citrine Watch Key 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 wonderful dog head watch key fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Victorian era watches were generally wound using a small key that would fit into a space at the front of the watch. Watch keys were often decorative pieces that also served as pendants or fobs, and are still appreciated for their designs as wearable pieces of jewelry, though they are usually not used for their original winding purpose in the modern day. This wonderful figural watch key is crafted in sterling silver and forms the shape of a 3-dimensional dog head. Carved detail represents the dog's facial features and ears, and light etching throughout its face creates wonderful and realistic looking fur. Resting in the base of the neck is a bevel-edged and foil backed citrine stone, which exhibits a wonderful yellow orange hue. Finishing the design is an elegant floral pattern that surrounds the base, and a silver watch key winder is secured to the top of its head. A small ring can be found at the side of the winder, allowing the piece to beautifully dangle from a favorite chain or charm bracelet. A wonderful and historical Victorian piece, this watch key would make a special to any fob collection!
Measurement: The piece measures approximately 1" tall from the top of the watch key winder to the base. Lengthwise, the fob measures about 3/4" from the base of the neck to the tip of the dog's nose, and the piece is about 3/8" at its thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting. The citrine is intact and securely set, however given the age of the piece, there appears to be some light damage to the foil backing, but it is hardly noticeable when worn. The watch key winder and bail are secure and in good working condition.