This decorative bauble would probably have been used on the watch chain of a sharply dressed gentleman in the late 1890’s. The mounting is made of a silver colored metal and is enhanced with scrolls and diamond shapes that have a tooled boarder. In the center is a free floating slab of goldstone, also known as aventurine glass. I say free floating because it is not held in by a bezel or glue but it is being held in the opening by the double bars across the front and back. At the top of the fob there are two tooled jump rings and a loop that would be attached to a chain. I find no markings on this piece. It would look nice worn on a neck chain as an attractive necklace.
It measures about 1 ½” long including the ring at the top and about 1” across at the widest. The mounting in is very nice condition with minimal wear. The piece of goldstone measures about 13/16” long by 5/8” wide. The glass is not cracked but it does have some chip wear. On one side there are two small nicks along the edge. The other side a couple of edge chips but it also has a large chip on the top half. I have tried to show these in the photo enlargements.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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