An impressive 18 Karat yellow gold carnelian set fob from the William IV (1830 - 1837) period. A large gold design comprising two ionic forms, lyre scrolls or lyre arms with an intersecting leaf motif to both sides. This would have been used as a seal using sealing wax to confirm ownership on a letter or document with the owner’s initials. A carnelian base with an incised cockerel with the three initials R H W in an ornate blackletter typeface completes this striking large seal.
The carnelian base is in excellent condition for its age with no signs of damage and the seal carving retaining all its intricate detail. There are some small scuffs and general wear to the body of the piece but this doesn't detract from the overall beauty of the fob. A wonderful piece of social history which can be worn as a pendant (having a large loop to accommodate many size chains) or a fine addition to a collectors selection.
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MEASUREMENTS - 33mm (H) x 25mm (W) x 22mm (D)
MATERIALS - 18 karat yellow gold/ Carnelian
HALLMARKS - none (tested for 18k gold using touchstone assaying tool)
CONDITION - Good to fair, wear commensurate with age.
Large English William IV 18 Karat Gold Cockerel Cornelian Seal Fob, circa 1830
33mm (H) x 25mm (W) x 22mm (D)