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Georgian Rebus Fob "I Hope You Are Well"


Hailing from the heraldic tradition of the Middle Ages is a literary allusion device referred to as a rebus. Pictures are used to express either intended words or syllables which resemble the desired word or name. This form of apparatus (which often had a charming phrase engraved) was used to impress a “signature” or sign into wax to seal a letter or sign a document. Those which have a rebus included are particularly captivating and are quite scarce.

This small Georgian era 9k rose gold fob sports the following rebus carved into a matrix of chalcedony: pictorially is an eye, an anchor, a yew tree, the word “are” in script and a wishing well. This translates into “I hope (or wish) you are well”. The pictograph is carved as a mirror image to orient correctly when pressed into wax. For stability the base has been made with a combination of 9k gold and lead or similar heavier metal.

Date: Circa 1840.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 7/8 of an inch (2.2 cm) in length by 5/8 of an inch (1.6 cm) at the widest. Weight of 6.1 grams (3.9 dwt).

Condition: Excellent.

Origin: Most likely English.

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