Victorian 10kt Onyx Multi-Fob Pendant
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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket. Some fobs include carved intaglio images, which would have been used to seal the wax of a letter or note.
A gorgeous combination of fob pendants from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This lovely 10kt gold piece is comprised of three 3-dimensional fobs, hanging from a decorative gold split ring. A romantic rose gold heart pendant is adorned with a working compass resting behind glass at the center of one side, and a lovely carved detail embellishes the top. A vibrant gold figural watch key forms the shape of a fox head, complete with realistic etched details, and a silver watch key winder is secured at the base. The remaining is a rose gold intaglio fob which displays a wonderfully ornate design and holds an onyx stone at the base. The polished stone features an engraved phrase "GIFF GAFF MAKES WARM FRIENDS," with the first two words originating from an old Scottish phrase meaning "mutual giving." A bail is attached to the top of each fob allowing them to hang from the decorative gold split ring, which can be opened at the seam. A unique and fantastic Victorian piece, it would look outstanding paired with a special chain, and is a must for the antique fob collector!
Measurements: The split ring measures approximately 7/8" in diameter. The figural fox fob measures about 1 3/8" long (including the bail), 1/2" wide, and 1/4" thick. The heart fob measures approximately 1 3/8" long (including the bail), 3/4" wide, and 1/4" thick. The onyx intaglio fob measures about 1" long (including the bail), 5/8" wide, and 1/2" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting on the split ring or to any of the fob pendants. Each of the bails and compass are intact and in good working order. The onyx stone is intact and securely set. One of the engraved letters is slightly faded, however it is not noticeable when worn and does not detract from reading the overall engraved phrase.