This old watch fob is an interesting piece. This style was sometimes clipped to a vest pocket with the leather strap and the decorative fob hanging on the outside. The watch would be on the end of the chain and kept in the pocket. The strap has a flat buckle and the textured leather strap doesn’t look like it’s been adjusted or changed for many years if ever. The fob is quite unique with and insect that looks like a grasshopper, a spotted lady beetle and a “stone” that looks like mottled turquoise but may be glass. There are no marks of a maker on any of the pieces. The metal appears to be brass and copper plated brass. I believe this is from the 1920’s.
It measures about 6 ½” long from the top of the pocket clip to the bottom of the fob. The short chain measures about 4 ¼” long including the swivel clip. The fob measures about 1 3/8” square. Overall it is in nice condition for what it is. The base metal of the buckle is showing through causing some discoloration. The fob has some green discoloration which I have chosen to leave rather than polish. The “stone” has surface pit wear. The leather is thin and undamaged with nice patina but probably wouldn’t hold up to being unbuckled. The spring end for the watch is a little weak but the secure clip on the top piece seems to hold snugly.
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