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Dating to c.1785-1795, I am thrilled to present this regal Georgian armorial gold fob seal for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Measuring 1 1/4" tall x 1 1/8" x 1" across the octagonal seal, this is hands-down the finest Georgian-era fob seal I have discovered this year; it truly has ALL of the "bells and whistles!" Not only does this fob test to 15k gold, it is beautifully-constructed, is in untouched condition, and boasts an ornate armorial intaglio seal!
This stunning, Neoclassical fob seal epitomizes all that is so wonderful about late 18th century fob seals; the elegant hand hold and fluted top are perfectly-proportioned, and was made in up-to-the-minute high style! Wrought in 15k rose gold, this fob may be heavily cased, but I do not see any wear to the gold, or signs of casing. A fob of this quality would have been commissioned for a gentleman of the aristocracy, and the original owner's armorial crest is magnificently hand-engraved into the octagonal seal you see here.
The seal is smoky quartz, and boasts the initials "J. M." on either side of the armorial crest, which features three stars on an open field above a jagged field engraved with fine lines to indicate color. The smoky quartz intaglio is foiled at the back, and is 100% intact, without scratches or signs of wear. The fob seal is solid and also 100% all-original. I have not cleaned this seal, as the gold has built up a rich "bloom" which only the passing of centuries can impart. Today, this magnificent seal looks wonderful worn as a pendant on a rose-gold chain, and it is suitable for wear by a lady or a gentleman. It would also look smashing worn on a Georgian watch chain!
Weighing in at an impressive 22.12 grams, this fob seal is exactly the sort I would love to keep for my own collection, but one cannot keep it all and pay the bills! Let my loss be your gain; this near-pristine, 230+ year old seal is an investment-quality jewel which will only increase in value over the generations! If you collect the ULTIMATE in Georgian fob seals, you cannot do better than this! It would also make a wonderful gift for anyone fond of the best in early armorial jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this rarity; up to 90-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE! (UPS shipping also available at cost.)
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OUTSTANDING XL Heraldic Georgian Smoky Quartz/15k Rose Gold Armorial Fob Seal, c.1790!
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