Georgian Carnelian Gold Fob Seal Pendant with Gold Split Ring

I like to imagine that a well-to-do gentleman used one side of this fob seal to mark secret love letters and clandestine messages, while the other side was used for transparent business affairs. He probably had a grand mustache and a bicorn hat, and enjoyed reading Chaucer by his fireplace after a long night of writing in cursive and secret code.

This antique Georgian gold fob was handcrafted in England, around 1820. It’s a beautiful example with the addition of a wonderful gold split ring at the top. It is set with a wonderfully carved carnelian stone which features a family crest with the motto ‘In Ardua Virtus’ which is Latin for ‘Virtue in the Face of Difficulties’. The fob is completely hand crafted with exquisite attention to detail and it measures 48 mm top to bottom including the split ring and 23.8 mm across from north to south, the stone itself measures 19.4 x 18.3 mm. This early example is unmarked but acid tests as 15 karat gold, it weighs 20.2 grams.

I adore these fob seals, as you can see when you explore my lane! They’re filled with mystery and history, I just can’t get enough!

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Item ID: FBA23517VA



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