Precious Metal Material: Cased/rolled gold or pinchbeck; a exquisitely gilt metal materiality
Dimensions: Base of fob (ovular intaglio end) is approximately 22.36 mm x 18.92 mm; overall fob height is 27.22 mm tall, from top loop to base.
Weight: A very nice 6.77 grams
Markings: No maker’s mark, date or country of origin stamp, etc. Exterior shows hand turned, hand finished artisanal engraving of concentric and serpentine linework, scalloping and impressed polka dot patterns, with some abrasions and light scratching quite consistent and commensurate with age, material and use.
Era: This piece is believed to be pre-Victorian (1837-1901), and therefore is estimated to be of the late Georgian years (1714-1830). More specifically, it is deemed a product of the Regency period (1811-1820). From our knowledge, experience, and expertise, we believe the styling of this piece tells us that it is likely from c. 1815. Note the relatively Grecian appearance of the fob’s silhouette, which recalls the sleek silhouettes of ancient urns and amphoras. The details also appear to reflect the Greek Revival and Neoclassical architectural, design and fashion styles that were sweeping Europe and America.
Buyer Notes: Prospective buyers, please note that there is a very slim chance that the very top domed portion of this fob MAY have opened at one point in the piece’s history. We loosely surmise this given some soldering that appears ever so slightly around the rim that meets the band on which the handled side loops are affixed, as well as the presence of a soft rattling noise that comes from this region when the fob is agitated. Nothing is physically loose at the time of listing, but the presence of this sounding ought to be heeded prior to purchase.
Center Stone Type: Chalcedony (cryptocrystalline silica)
Center Stone Count: One (1)
Center Stone Dimensions: Estimated 19.80 x 16.50 x 1.35 mm (measured within bezeled mount so as to preserve integrity)
Center Stone Carat Weight: By formula per the specific gravity of chalcedony, estimated to be anywhere between 2.79 ct and 3.41 ct, coming to a median average of 3.10 ct
Center Stone Shape: Hand-carved oval tablet
Center Stone Color: Yellow
Center Stone Clarity: Translucent; allows light to pass and achieves an almost “glowing” effect
Believed to hail from the earliest decades of the 19th century, this incredibly ornate fob was designed to be a multifunctional piece, as were many objet d’arts of antiquity. For those that were wealthy enough to afford jewelry were also wealthy enough to afford the finest renditions of even the most mundane tools; pieces of practicality were designed to be as visually beautiful as pieces of adornment. This fob exemplifies this bygone practice, as it was, indeed, an everyday gadget, with which one would sign and seal their letters to their lover.
This fob was crafted as a kind of charm, one might say, which originally had at least one gold jump ring strung through the top loop, which likely connected by a bilateral chain to the other side loops. In tandem, it would have been hung from a watch chain, either on a gentleman’s single or double Albert pocket watch chain, or on a lady’s long guard neck chain or waistline tethered equipages (this is essentially a chatelaine, a term that was not really used until the Victorian years). Because these such pieces were equally functional and decorative, they were finished with impressive attention to detail and abounded in symbolic meaning.
The chalcedony intaglio face of this fob is a French (and arguably grammatically imperfect) memorandum that reads EN S'ELOIGNANT IL SE RESSERE, which translates in English to essentially "while moving away it tightens". This sentimental message is embraced by imagery that enacts this very notion: a pair of birds each grip the end of a shared, single thread in their beaks. This thread is meandering just like life’s uncertain paths, and is knotted in the middle with a “figure eight”, which itself creates a physical infinity loop, and representing unending, interlaced, interdependent true love. One bird perches on a low lying limb of a tree, which though unnaturally truncated, still bursts forth with the swells of new life. The partnering bird is mid-flight, soaring above the tree cut short, yet connected to its other half below. Even in physical distance, lapsing time, partition by death or forbidden love, the two are forever one, so that as the absence broadens it only serves to strengthen their love.
Though this piece was sold to the shop as being 9k-10k gold purity, it appears that the metal is not a solid gold purity. Rather, it appears that it is actually either cased/rolled gold (a form of plating) or pinchbeck, also commonly known as ‘Pinch’ gold. Pinchbeck is a gold imitation, intentionally invented as a more affordable gold alternative, and grew to become a very popular choice for jewelry worn and brought by ladies during travel; because it was less valuable than true gold, it was a safer option when facing the threat of highway robbers or loss. The Pinchbeck alloy was invented around 1730 by London clockmaker Christopher Pinchbeck (1670-1732), as something of a variation of brass: historically, brass is comprised of approximately 67% copper and 33% zinc, while Pinchbeck hovers around 93% copper and 7% zinc. As such, it possesses a much more golden appearance than standard brass, so much so that it can easily pass as fine purity gold. Pinchbeck fell out of style with the invention of gold plating, and when low 9 karat purity was developed in the 1850s, as it was subsequently legalized for trade in the UK.
Whether it is cased, rolled or pinched, this piece blends right into the solid gold company of our inventory, proving that even clever alternatives to precious metal can be equally glowy and bright. Its coloration exhibits a wonderful rosy pink undertone, which complements the buttery lemon color of the chalcedony stone mounted within. There are subtle signs of age and use, none of which we have opted to alter or buff away, as we believe that every attribute bestows upon the piece a unique and time-earned character. This piece is a fabulous relic of the early 1800s, and yet carries a message that is timeless and ever relevant today. Baubles like this one seem to ‘collapse’ time between us, the contemporary caretakers, and the original beholder, connecting us through shared sentiment; in a way, we become one of those two birds sharing a thread with its first owner.
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