Over the years I've collected a wide variety of fobs and worn them with lovely old watch chains converted to a long chain necklace with decorative fobs as pendants. I've loved collecting interesting & attractive fobs.
This particular fob is a fabulous combination of 2 emblems of Ireland - a lucky little bearded Leprechaun (in Sterling Silver) reading a book, atop a seal set with the beautiful Connemara marble. What a great Irish souvenir! It dates to the 1970s. It is a quality and well made solid Sterling Silver 'gentleman's fob', or pendant. It also makes a great large 'statement' charm..!
An Irish leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore. They are usually depicted as little bearded men, wearing a coat and hat, who partake in mischief. They are solitary creatures who spend their time making and mending shoes and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If captured by a human, they often grant three wishes in exchange for their freedom. (Wikipedia).
The rare and beautiful Connemara Marble is found exclusively along Ireland’s rugged wild Atlantic coast. This marble has green of almost every hue in arresting layers and patterns, each piece unique. The beautiful bands in various shades of rich to pale green are formed of tiny crystals of serpentine, diopside, chlorite, calcite, and dolomite within the marble.
Hallmarks: It has a full British hallmarks for Sterling Silver, Dublin, 1976. They are very small and set into where the Leprechaun is sitting. Too small to photograph, but visible under strong magnification. It has a maker's mark of 'S.C.' on the leprechaun's arm.
Condition: The fob/pendant/charm is in very good vintage condition given its age. All the silver is in excellent order. There are a few flea bite chips to the Connemara marble on the seal, but only visible under strong magnification.
Dimensions: The fob/pendant/charm has a total hanging length of just under 1 & 1/4ths inches (3cm) including the jump ring, and the marble seal has a diameter of 5/8ths inch (1.7cm) Total weight is 10.8 grams.
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