The Georgian era is a period in British history from 1714 to c. 1830–37, named after the Hanoverian kings George I, George II, George III and George IV. The sub-period that is the Regency era is defined by the regency of George IV as Prince of Wales during the illness of his father George III.
Gentlemen of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries 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 chalcedony surface of this fob could be used as a seal for a letter or a document.
With the elaborately carved monogram of what we decipher to be JPLD, we shall name this gent "James Pembroke, Lord Darling". Cleverly crafted in 15 karat yellow gold to flip when in use, the framed stone fastens securely to the stem when lying flat. On the reverse of the monogram is a beribboned shield with a sword. Quite the dandy, manly little decoration!
Dimensions: 1.25" long
Weight: 14.9 grams
Materials: Gold, carved chalcedony
Metal: 15K yellow gold
Marks: Monogrammed stone
Condition: Excellent antique condition