- Total Carat Weight: 0.05 ctw
- Precious Metal Weight: 3.97 dwt
- Precious Metal Material: This piece was sold to the shop as 10k, though electronic shop equipment tests it for between 14k and 15k yellow gold, and acid testing reveals a purity between close to 18k with a higher karat bloomed (matte) finish. Read below to understand more about the blooming process.
- Dimensions: This fob measures about 41.28 mm top to bottom (length), including the ring/bail x 11.38 mm back to front (depth) x 15.35 mm wide when the blade is closed or 22.20 mm wide when the blade is open.
- Weight: A very impressive 6.17 grams
- Markings: No maker's mark or purity stamp appears to be present save for the engraved initials to the fob's reverse.
- Era: This construction, glass fabrication type, finishing details, gemstone faceting matrices, stylistic elements and motif, precious metal composition and finish technique all point to circa 1870, which is just before the last quarter of the Victorian era.
- Buyer Notes: This palm-sized masterpiece is a beautifully aesthetic, highly collectible object of virtue, boasting luxury at every angle. While a historically utilitarian component, today this piece exists as a treasure of a more opulent era, saturated in symbolism and artistry alike. There are no exact comparables on the open market at the time of research and listing, making this piece a delicate rarity, with a verbal valuation of about $1,950. This is not a formal, written appraisal but may be assistive to prospective buyers considering an investment.
- Center Stone Type: Diamond
- Center Stone Count: One (1)
- Center Stone Dimensions: 1.37 x 1.55 mm, measured as mounting permits
- Center Carat Weight: 0.017 ct
- Center Stone Shape: Old Mine Cut
- Center Stone Color: I-J
- Center Stone Clarity: SI1-SI2
- Center Stone Type: Red Paste (Ruby Simulant)
- Center Stone Count: One (1)
- Center Stone Dimensions: 1.66 x 1.60 mm, measured as mounting permits
- Center Carat Weight: 0.021 ct, by historic formula per the dimensions and using the specific gravity of glass
- Center Stone Shape: Antique Cushion Cut
- Center Stone Color: Deep pinkish-red (visually identical to pigeon's blood red ruby), color attributed to chromium deposits
- Center Stone Clarity: Semi-translucent
- Center Stone Type: Blue Paste (Sapphire Simulant)
- Center Stone Count: One (1)
- Center Stone Dimensions: 1.26 x 1.45 mm, measured as mounting permits
- Center Carat Weight: 0.015 ct, by historic formula per the dimensions and using the specific gravity of glass
- Center Stone Shape: Antique Cushion Cut
- Center Stone Color: Deep Kashmir blue (visually identical to unheated southern Asian sapphires), color attributed to cobalt deposits
- Center Stone Clarity: Semi-translucent
An exceptionally rare and deeply desirable collector's item, this one of a kind cigar cutter hails from the second half of Queen Victoria's reign. This little accessory boasts functionality as boldly as it does its aesthetic appeal, and is a relic of a specific window in history, as it is believed to date to the 1870s at the very earliest. This date coincides with one of the earliest records of a cigar-punching device from 1868, a record established just after the publication of Frederick William Fairholt's 1859 first edition book Tobacco: Its History and Associations, which itself, also describes a similar knife-cutter for cigars.
Enhancing this piece's roots in historical context is its unparalleled beauty: this matte gold accessory is dotted with a perimeter of finely raised repoussé demi-domed metalwork, which creates a traces both sides of the piece and perfectly frames the iconic fleur-de-lis design on one side and a pair of beautifully engraved initials on the other. Fashioned with three radiant gems of bright color, the stylized flower is geometrically grounded by a diamond-cut 'stem' to the lily form, which catches the light in suit with the gems and beaming gold finish. From the topmost leaf beams a bright and sparkly Old Mine Cut diamond, while the left leaf holds a ruby-red paste, and the right leaf holds a sapphire-blue paste. Selected as alternatives to untreated ruby and sapphire, these gems certainly do not disappoint, and brightly exude color and sparkle with every move.
The Victorians are a venerated people within storied jewelry history, as they are known for their creative interpretations of stylistic elements, attributing symbolism to every last detail. In sum, every article, every pattern, every motif, design and emblem could be woven together and 'read' to reveal the depths of their deliberate significance. This piece can be read in this way, and offers loads of meaning of its own:
- The repousséeended to impart a feeling of strength and unyielding perseverance.
- The fleur-de-lis is French in origin, and is an artistically simplified variation of a budding lily flower. It symbolizes holiness and royalty, telling the wearer her status as a daughter of God, and signifying this status as constant no matter her choices or direction. Its silhouette resembles a foliate cross, communicating the abiding and fruitful life of abundance and reward that may be found in faith, while the belt projects the notion of passionate loyalty in the security of relationships. This form also historically represents the Holy Trinity as an emblem of perfect unity and purity. As such, the fleur-de-lis has become associated with partnership, dedicated affection and growth.
- Finally, the gemstones add yet another layer to the story: diamonds represent fortitude and strength, time-forged beauty and the constance of fidelity of the heart. Rubies and red paste represent fiery passion and affection, while sapphires and blue paste relate to royalty and spiritual superiority. Indeed, every element herein speaks to the cherished aesthetic and historic power of this astounding palm-sized, functional and dazzling heirloom.
About Bloomed Gold:
Enhancing the fob's appearance is its identifiably satiny, the effect of a bloomed gold finish. Blooming is a finishing technique applied to fine jewelry with its origins purported to be in 1853, and its popularity highest between the 1870s and 1890s. In the blooming process, the gold piece is dipped within a mix of muriatic acid, potassium nitrate, salt and water, causing the alloyed components of the gold compound to delicately burn away, leaving a very fine surface layer of pure (24k purity) karat gold. The burning procedure leaves micro-pitting in the surface of the piece, giving it its identifiably soft, subtle textural appearance. The texture achieved is an exceptionally bright, golden and of a matte quality, as pictured.
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