This antique fob/seal is circa 1820. It is remarkable for its grand size, as well as the gold work. it has refined details like the reed back and finely reed perimeter which is artistically set an an angle. There is a serpent which twists its body cleverly forming a bale. The snake symbolizes eternity, or eternal love. This would have been a love token given to a husband or father.
The intaglio is carved into a faceted concave rock crystal. It is crisp and beautifully rendered. It has a crest , or shield with fleur de lis incorporated in the design. The crystal is concave so when placed on wax it becomes a clear mark. The fob is 12 karat pale rose gold . A removable additional bale was added at some point in its 200 year life, and is from the same period. The bale is a pale yellow gold , chosen because the reeding complements the fob. It is 15 karat gold.
The fob measures an impressive 1 3/8th inches without the additional top loop X 1 1/4 inches across. With the additional loop it measures 2 inches in length. it weighs 29.4 grams. I have demonstrated the fob worn with a long black cord, which I will provide and provided pictures with the fob alone. A long chain of choice would lovely.
Rare for its size, symbolism and gold work. Excellent condition. Beautiful! Georgian, circa 1820 English origin.
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