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Love Take Flight - Georgian Amethyst Fob Pendant


In the early decades of the 19th century some types of adornment were on the wane. Sparkling shoe and knee buckles were gone and buttons were no longer jeweled. What was available was not only decorative but also ultimately functional. The watch and chain was a frequent sight yet offered very little in the way of personal adornment. Coming to the rescue was the often colorful fob worn in a cluster or as a single piece. The seal fob was perhaps the more utilitarian type as all letters needed to be sealed with wax.

Here we have a wonderful example circa 1830. Ornately designed in yellow gold of 14k, the seal matrix is an amethyst which has most likely been set foiled to bring out the rich shades of purple and pink. The gem is carved in reverse with a banner bearing the motto “Forward (in English) ehrlich und treu (German for honest and faithful). The banner encompasses a crowned heart with wings over an oval cartouche of the initials C D carved in a Gothic old English script.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: Base is 7/8 of an inch (2.2 cm) by 3/4 of an inch (1.9 cm) by 1-3/4 inches (3.1) in height. Overall height including base and loop is 2-1/8 inches (5.4 cm). Weight of 21.8 grams (14.0 dwt).

Condition: Excellent; light wear to the split ring and a bit of light wear and to the seal both commensurate with age and use. Overall very fine.

Date & Origin: Circa 1830 and is English in origin.

Important: Foiled jewelry should not be exposed to water for any extended period of time nor soaked in water or any other liquid.

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