This wonderful fob/seal dates to the early Victorian period, circa 1850. The piece was used at the end of a watch chain, but could also be used as a seal on ones writings.
The bottom has an oval shaped carnelian stone with an intricate intaglio of a shield divided into 4 sections. Two of the sections have a lion reared on its hind legs looking ferocious. It is quite detailed down to the lion's tongue. The lions are surrounded with what I believe are fleur de lis. The other two sections have symbols which I do not recognize. The carnelian is a wonderful golden honey color.
The piece has a weight of 10.2 grams. It has a total length of 1 1/2 inches including the top ring. It is set in 14k/15k , acid tested gold. It is in good antique condition. The gold has acquired a wonderful patina!
The carved carnelian face of this seal measures 23 x 27 mm (over 7/8 inch by 1 1/16 inches).
This gorgeous fob is a wonderful medium-large size and would make a perfect and conversation-starting bauble when hung on a watch chain or a simple neck chain.
The jump ring shown in the last photo is no longer with the piece and is not included.
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