Old-fashioned and 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.
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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 fantastic dog head watch key fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in sterling silver, this beautiful piece forms the shape of a lovely three-dimensional dog head. The dog displays a highly detailed design, including etched hair on long ears, realistic facial features, and a studded collar creating a charming miniature rendition of a hunting dog. Resting at the base of the neck is a smoothly polished, bezel set carnelian seal, which exhibits a wonderful rich orangey-red hue. Rising from the top of the head is a watch key with a simple bail attached. A delicate and historical Victorian piece, this watch key could be worn as a pendant or charm, or would make a special addition to any fob collection!
Measurement: The entire piece measures approximately 7/8" tall from top to bottom, and is 3/4" from snout to seal.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting. The ring for hanging the piece is secure and intact. There is a natural patina on the surface, which is normal for antique jewelry and adds depth and character to the design.