Dating to c.1770-1790, this handsome Neoclassical fob seal boasts a fantasy of silver filigree work, and a beautifully-carved bust of a philosopher!
Measuring 1 7/8" with the large silver bail and 1 1/2" long x 1" wide on its own, this magnificent sterling-grade silver filigree fob seal is a rare form of a Georgian classic, and may be of Russian origin (silver unmarked but tested). This heart-shaped, crown-topped fob is wrought completely from intricate filigree work on both sides, and is bezeled with a fine woven braid of silver, which I associate with the exquisite Russian filigree silver work of the 18th-century! The crown also has an Eastern Orthodox feel to it; although unmarked, I believe this fob seal to be of Russian manufacture. The bottom of this cunningly-crafted fob boasts the engraved image of a Neoclassical gentleman with a hawkish profile.
This skillfully-made seal can be worn as a pendant or on a watch chain; it also stands on its own, and was likely used as a desk seal when the original owner was not traveling. This fob seal has made it into the 21st-century in excellent all-around condition; the fob is 100% intact, without a wire broken! The back of the fob has a very slight depression, likely where it was handled as a seal; this is perfectly in keeping with a 230+ year old silver jewel, and I only mention it for complete accuracy.
Simply a fine and desirable fob seal, this silver beauty looks perfect worn on a silver chain as a pendant, or on a gentleman's silver watch chain! Weighing in at 10.69 grams, this is a substantial seal, and one of the only of its kind I have seen in my 25+ years as a dealer, collector and scholar of Georgian-era jewelry. If you love the best in fine fob seals, this example belongs in your collection! It would also make a stellar gift for any lady or gentleman fond of early jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this rarity; layaway is not available on this item, but it is priced for quick holiday sale, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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