Dating to c.1820, this late Georgian fob seal is a quality jewel with a large citrine spinner and a rare intaglio!
Measuring 1 3/8" tall x 1 1/4" wide, this perfectly-proportioned seal is suitable for wear as a pendant or as a watch fob by a 21st-century lady or gentleman! The handhold of this large and ornate seal is actually very heavily gold-cased, as is the case with the majority of Georgian-era fob seals still extant today. It is deeply hand-chased and engraved with fruit and floral motifs, and makes the perfect frame for the large intaglio seal!
The three-sided spinner seal is carved from citrine, measures 1" x 3/4", and weighs a calculated 30 carats. One side of this seal is engraved with an armorial bust of Neptune rising from the ocean waves - a very rare subject, possibly indicating that the original owner was a seafaring gentleman nearly two centuries ago! Neptune is depicted as a middle-aged, bearded merman with curly hair, and nude shoulders as he pops up from under the sea - SO RARE!
The other two sides of the seal are unadorned, so Neptune is the focal point here; this jewel is the perfect size to be worn on a medium-weight gold chain! This fob seal is in excellent condition for its 195+ year history; one edge of the seal has sustained a small nibble (3 mm) to the bottom, but the seal is otherwise completely intact. I have set my price with this bit of wear in mind. As is natural in a citrine seal nearing its 200th birthday, there is some mild facet wear to the edges, but nothing that detracts from the overall impressive appearance of this handsome fob. Weighing in at 16.75 grams, this is a substantial jewel!
If you collect the best in Georgian-era fob seals, this example belongs in your collection! It would also make a stellar gift for anyone fascinated with mariner-themed antique jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this fine English fob seal; layaway is not available on this item, but it is priced for quick sale, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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