An antique Georgian 15ct gold fob with a moonstone carved intaglio seal at the base.
The aristocratic intaglio seal features an armorial family crest of a garter belt, a fist holding a rose bough, monogrammed initials "WB" in Old English typeface and the Latin inscription 'ITA VINCIT' which, loosely translated means 'fairness wins'
This is a fairly large heavy fob in solid gold (not gold cased). It is modelled in an imposing baroque style with embossed flower and foliate motifs and it benefits from a large wide bore bale at the top decorated with a gold bead. There is an engraved 'L' on one of the acanthus leaf "legs". Originally worn by gents on pocket watch chains these high quality fobs make for unique antique pendants and can still be used to seal letters with wax, extremely collectable!
The fob is in fair to good antique condition given age and we have priced accordingly. The fob has seen a great deal of use sealing letters, the pattern in the gold is worn smooth where countless fingers have held it. One of the fancy "legs" is missing which isn't visible if you wear it with the damaged area to the back, please see photos. The moonstone is foiled with some loss to the foil causing shadowy areas within the stone which is fairly typical, the intaglio seal is in lovely condition and turns out a well defined impression/imprint.
So obviously used and cherished the fob is steeped in history and deserves to be treasured again, we can't help but wonder who this family crest belongs to!
MATERIALS: 15 carat yellow gold, acid tested
GEMSTONE: Moonstone, Presidium tested, 18.5x15.5mm
MEASUREMENTS: Fob height 1-3/8" (35mm), base 1"x 5/8" (25x22mm)
DATE: Georgian, circa 1780.
WEIGHT: 17 grams
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