Vintage Silver Shield Fob Birmingham

$ 250.00

Did you know that “fob,” from the German “fuppe” means “small pocket?” In the 16th century in England, Charles II introduced the fashion of waistcoats, complete with a little pocket for a “timepiece,” or pocket-watch. A watch would have been attached to a cord of leather or ribbon, or a chain of precious metal, or maybe even a chain braided human hair! In the Victorian Era, a medallion or charm, or fob, was added to the chain for a bit of style. Now we use the word “fob” to mean the watch, the chain, or the medallion, or all three.

This attractive silver fob was made in Birmingham, England in 1963 and is beautifully shaped: a simple round disk differentiated by three graceful points on the sides and bottom. It features gleaming raised shield in the center, surrounded by rings of an elegant scalloped design. The shield is blank, just waiting for your initials or a design of your own. It tests as silver and bears the marks of anchor for Birmingham, lion passant for silver, and O for 1963. Also seen is the maker’s mark HB&S for Herbert Bushell and Son. It weighs 4.6 grams and measures 37.4mm from top to bottom and 19.2mm across.

The fob is forever in vogue: all the rage during the Regency Era (think Beau Brummell!), ubiquitous during the Victorian Age, wildly fashionable in the 20th Century, and still fashion-forward today with the advent of Steampunk—the classic fob never goes out style! Make this shining silver shield fob your very own!

I offer free layaway on most items purchased for full retail price, please inquire if you are interested in setting up a layaway. We ship when payment is complete and items purchased or payments made on layaway are eligible for store credit only.

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ITEM ID: FB1021026V

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