Victorian Petite 14kt "L'oubli Me Tue" Amethyst Intaglio 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself, making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 opposite of a cameo, an intaglio is created by carving into the surface of a stone to produce an image in relief, with the purpose of pressing into sealing wax, often used in signet rings and fobs.
A wonderful carved amethyst fob from the Victorian (ca1880s) era! This beautiful and sentimental piece is crafted in 14kt yellow gold and relatively petite in size. At the base of the fob is an amethyst seal, which is foil backed and exhibits a rich purple hue. Hand carved into the surface of the stone is the phrase "L'OUBLI ME TUE" which translates from French to "Forgetting Kills Me." The script curves along the top of what could possibly be a mausoleum or cemetery gates and the entire image is complemented by the facets found along the sides of the amethyst. The body of the fob has a heavily carved surface featuring a rich floral motif and soft flourishes. At the top of the fob's handle is an open ring, perfect for hanging the piece from a chain or charm bracelet. Antique fobs are particularly popular among collectors and this one would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The fob stands slightly less than 1" tall, including the handle. The base of the fob measures 5/8" long and 1/2" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting. The amethyst intaglio seal is intact and free of noticeable chips or scratches.