LAND HO! Dating to c.1745-1755, this mid-18th century fob seal is an incredible survival "fresh off the boat" from England!
Measuring 1 1/4" tall and 1 1/8" x 1" across the seal, this majestic fob has it all - outstanding early Rococo design, superb craftsmanship, and a second-to-none intaglio of a merchant ship or man 'o war vessel in full sail! Wrought from sterling-grade silver, this outstanding fob seal boasts an ornate sterling hand-hold which terminates in open work scrolls and scallop shells. The seal is foiled at the back, and the silver on the top of the seal has been fire-gilded with high-karat gold for an extra-sumptuous effect (all silver unmarked but tested)!
The rock crystal seal has been securely in it's own silver collet, and is framed in the cut-down mounting associated with the lapidary work of the middle of the 18th century. The facet-edged seal boasts a HUGE intaglio of a two-masted ship in full sail on a calm sea. Jacobean-era fob seals rarely survive in this fine a condition. This it easily the earliest fob seal with a naval subject I have ever had the pleasure to discover, and it's fabulous size makes it even more desirable!
It is highly likely that this fob was specially made for the captain of a naval or merchant vessel who had made his fortune on this ship, as this fob seal would have been quite expensive to make on this scale circa 1750, costing even a well-off sea trader of this era at least a month's wages. This is for clear; this fob was commissioned by a high-ranking Naval merchant, and may well have sailed the seven seas over 265 years ago. JUST FANTASTIC!
Condition is excellent; as is the case with most Georgian-era foil-backed stones, the foil shows a little bit of deterioration, but nothing unsightly, and this bit of wear is perfectly in keeping with a seal that is well into it's third century. Otherwise, this seal is in as fine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for, and the intaglio is perfect! This seal would have originally been the pride and joy of a seafarer's watch chain, but today, it makes an impressive and investment-worthy pendant suitable for wear by a lady or a gentleman!
Weighing in at 16.34 grams, this seal is a joy to behold and a thrill to wear, and looks smashing on a silver chain! If you cherish the finest in early fob seals, this beautiful vessel wants to sail into your port and dock in your collection! It would also make a stellar gift for any lady or gentleman fascinated with English naval history, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind treasure; up to 60-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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