Art Nouveau Gold Filled Mythical Creature Hidden Locket Fob
A fob is an adornment or a seal that hangs from the ribbon or chain of a pocket watch. Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket. The base of the fob would often have been used to seal the wax of a letter or note. The opposite of a cameo, an intaglio is created by carving below the surface to produce and image in relief with the purpose of pressing into sealing wax, often used in signet rings.
A very unusual fob from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) era! Crafted in yellow gold fill, this gorgeous piece features a handle designed to look like a mythical Chimera, a monstrous hybrid composed of the parts of more than one animal, attached to an oval-shaped platform base. Disguised within the base is a hidden locket feature, which opens for the wearer to add their own custom pictures or special mementos. The dramatic design of the figural fob top features two double-sided slithering creatures in an upright position, each complete with a roaring lion's head attached to a snake body with the curled necks forming the space between the repousse bail. A set of monogrammed initials "EST" in a fancy script are engraved onto the face of the locket, forming a seal at the bottom of the fob. A large gold ring at the top completes the design, perfect for hanging the fob from a favorite chain. A very special keepsake piece, it would make a unique addition to any collection!
Measurements: The fob hangs 1 3/8" long, including the ring bail at the top. The base measures approximately 1" long and 5/8" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold filled setting and the bail is secure and intact. The hinged locket feature remains in great condition, opening easily and snapping securely shut.