Victorian Sterling Mother of Pearl & Citrine Intaglio Fist 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 Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.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 fabulous mother of pearl hand fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This beautiful piece is particularly large in size, and wonderfully detailed. The carved 3-dimensional detail depicts a hand with a closed fist and cuffed sleeve. The mother of pearl shell has a beautiful iridescent quality shimmery luster! At the top is a sterling filigree cap, which holds a faceted citrine stone. Carved into the surface is the intaglio image of the letter "D" in decorative antique script. A sterling ring has been attached to the side, perfect for hanging the piece from a favorite chain. This unique and artistic pendant would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant measures 2" tall, 5/8" wide at the base, and 1/2" thick. The citrine seal and surrounding bezel measures 1/2" long and 3/8" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the carved mother of pearl hand or sterling silver findings. The citrine intaglio remains intact, securely set, and free of chips or scratches.