Especially grand, this over sized fob pendant from the 19th century dates to circa 1840.
It holds a beautifully faceted, hefty, three-sided rock crystal that spins within its frame. Two of the main surfaces are polished flat, with the edges faceted. The third has a small intaglio engraving of the initials, EB.
Created as many fobs and seals were, it is in yellow gold over metal. Sometimes the English refer to this technique as cased.
Characteristic of many English pieces, the patterning of the metal is textured with flower, rose and leaf designs for surfaces animated with highlights and shadows.
Interesting to note! Did you know that rock crystal is usually far cooler to the touch than glass? It lives up to its name for it is generally icy to the touch, clear and shimmer like an icy crystal.