Shiebler was famous for their medallion designs inspired by the excavations in Greece of Herculaneum and Pompeii. They first used the decor for all forms of jewelry and latter added flatware and other types of sterling items. The focal point of our necklace was originally a watch fob. Thru the horizontal slot at the top there was a piece of flat fabric with a watch latch at the other end. The watch would be in the vest pocket and the fabric with the medallion fob would hang out as a decorated pull tab.
The fob has a very thin sheet of 14kt. gold applied to the top of it's medallion designs(2 places). The gold is in excellent condition with no scratches or nasty abrasions to it's surface and great coverage to the designs. The fob's sterling is also in excellent condition with no rips, dents, deep scratches, holes or repairs. It appears that originally the backside of the fob was vermeiled (a form of gold plate). The backside of the circular portion shows faint remains of the vermeil with none on the triangular piece. Sometime during the fob's lifetime the fabric was removed and a vintage sterling chain was attached to turn the piece into a necklace. The chain has a spring ring closure that is in smooth working order. The chain's links are quite sturdy in construction with no repairs evident. Of course the rings attaching the chain to the fob and the spring ring show evidence of hand construction, solder joints and at times a hint of gold evidently from the smith's work bench.
The marks are on the backside of the circular piece as seen in the photo. The Shiebler fob measures 1 7/8" tall by a 1 1/4" at the widest point with the circular portion an 1" in diameter. The chain measures approx. 16 1/2" long.
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