Art Nouveau watch fob with fantasy creature and art glass stone on a leather strap with clip and chain. This intriguing beastie is a winged snake or lizard with a scaly body, red eyes, and feathered wings. He sits atop a patterned plaque with heavily applied decorations and an art glass stone of blue and yellow. The plaque attaches to a brown leather strap with a short chain and a dog clip.
Unsigned and unmarked, this delightful piece is likely the work of George N. Steere, who worked between the late 1800s and 1911; it displays Steere’s characteristic whimsey and particular design elements.
The metal appears to be gold plating on copper or base metal. The condition of the fob and the leather is very good; they show age commensurate wear, but the leather is still supple. The stone shows no chips, scratches, or cracks. The leather strap measures 4-1/4” or 5-5/8’” end to end including the chain and clip, by about 1”. The fob alone is about an inch around.
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