This substantial Victorian 9ct gold fob showcases a carved carnelian intaglio of Mars, the Roman God of war, depicted resplendent in his warrior helmet with a spear at his shoulder.
Hallmarked for London, the fob features a lovely cut out design with scrolls and decorative embossing around the base and on the ring bale. The round carnelian stone is a rich orangey red and which just glows through cut out work adding to the appeal. A fabulously decorative piece, these fancy intaglio fobs were originally worn to adorn pocket watch and chatelaine chains, these days they make for perfect antique pendants and are very collectable!
MATERIALS: 9ct gold
GEMSTONE: Carnelian, Presidium tested, 19mm diameter
MEASUREMENTS: Fob height 1-3/8" (35mm), base 1" (25mm) diameter
DATE: Victorian, circa 1900
WEIGHT: 10.9 grams
HALLMARKS: difficult to read because of the intricacy of the casting: stamped 9-375 for 9ct, leopards head for London and a date letter on both sides of the base
CONDITION: Excellent, minimal signs of any wear with the intaglio seal turning out a well defined imprint
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