Victorian gentlemen tended to decorate their watch chains with fobs. Watches were worn in the waistcoat pocket, with a chain attached for easy access. The fob helped to add a counterweight so the chain wouldn't be pulled by the heavier watch. Some fobs were merely ornamental, and others held a practical purpose. The carved monogram on the agate stone surface of this fob could be used as a seal for a letter or a document.
This fob most certainly served its purpose with style! The initials A & S are etched into the citrine stone, along with a perfectly detailed rooster, most likely an element of the owner's family crest, or coat of arms. With an ornately crafted 9 karat gold fob, it would have made an elegant touch to the daily rituals of the well-dressed Squire!
Dimensions: 9/10" long; seal face is 1/4"
Weight: 4.9 grams
Materials: Gold, citrine intaglio stone
Metal: 9K yellow gold
Marks: Citrine is etched with rooster; initials A S
Condition: Excellent antique condition