Dating to c.1830-1840, this late Georgian/William IV fob seal is a massive and gorgeous example of early 19th-century lapidary work!
Measuring a whopping 1 7/8" tall x 1 1/4" x 1" across the base, this fob seal is head-and-shoulders over most late Georgian examples that I acquire, both in quality and scale!. It is wrought from pinchbeck, the gold substitute invented by Sir Christopher Pinchbeck c.1720, and boasts an blank green chalcedony seal. So successful was this alloy of 87% copper and 13% zinc that the "recipe" for this alloy was kept a family secret for generations. (Genuine pinchbeck boasts the color and heft of 20k gold, but does not wear through like rolled gold or gold-filled jewelry. The invention of the electroplating process in 1840 sounded the death knell for this alloy, as it was far less expensive to produce. Today, pinchbeck jewelry has become collectible in its own right!)
The 1830s was a decade of large-scale jewelry, and this fob seal would have been made at the height of this era. The handhold takes the form of a scallop shell, and the body is an absolute fantasy of undulating, three-dimensional acanthus leaves! The small acorn set between these elements indicates an English origin. The green chalcedony seal is cased with further engraving; in fact, from top to bottom, this fob seal simply vibrates with bright, deep chasing to every surface! The bottom of the fob is set with its original green chalcedony seal which was never used; in fact, this fob seal is SO pristine, that I doubt it saw much wear at all over the past 180 years!
This fantastic fob seal weighs in at an impressive 29.78 grams. It looks MAGNIFICENT worn as a pendant on a pinchbeck or high-karat gold chain, and is suitable for day or evening wear. It would also make an impressive watch fob for the 21st-century gentleman who loves the era of Beau Brummel and the Dandies of this decade. Do not miss this fresh-as-a-daisy fob seal; up to 30-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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