A rare, early 19th-century fob with a wonderfully articulated swivel top, this example is circa 1830 with a most peculiar corseted shape and large scale size.
The fob features a gorgeous scrolling repousee’d bezel around the carnelian, hiding three of the symbols we are always excited to find in late Georgian jewels; the ostrich feather, the seashell, and the mourning glory bloom feature prominently in the paisley of objects depicted. This rare gold-cased example will be an iconic addition that you reach for again and again.
The ostrich feather is a very important heraldic symbol due to its occurrence in the heraldic devices of the English Royal family since the time of Edward the 3rd. It symbolizes faithfulness, magnanimity, generosity and justice. Morning glories bloom in the morning and close up at dusk, making them a beautiful symbol of spontaneity. With their purple color, they embody nobility, and in Victorian literature, they exemplify love and affection.
Materials and Features:
Age/Origin: early 19th C, c. 1830, English
Measurements: 4.32 grams, 2" in length
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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