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Antique Compass Fob Pendant "I Wait My Time"


Fobs were like the Swiss army knives of the 20th century. Any number of tools were often incorporated into a small space and carried about the person. This particular 14k yellow gold example hails from the late Georgian early Victorian years when men were somewhat dandified and enjoyed wearing a bit of subtle glitter.

Smartly designed with contrasting diagonal engraving, the shirred domed body of the fob encases a working compass although slightly off north. A chalcedony stone has been carved as an intaglio seal with the words “I Wait My Time” within a circular garter form perimeter. Inside the circle is the letter “P” on in italic script. Atop the garter roosts a dove of peace grasping an olive branch within its beak. The motto has been used by the Scottish Campbell (Loudoun) clan, the family Porteous (around the 16th century) and a bit more recently by the 410 Coast Artillery Battalion of the United States Army. The base may be 14k yellow gold over lead for sufficient stability to be used as a seal.

Date: Circa 1840.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 1-5/16 inches (3.3 cm); base is 15/16 of an inch 2.4 cm) by 7/8 of an inch (2.2 cm). Weight of 18.6 grams (12 dwt).

Condition: Excellent; a bit of old sealing wax clings to intaglio carving; a tad of light wear to gold pattern on the front and back of fob top "O" fitting.

Origin: Most likely English.

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