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A very small 18th century silver fob seal with Cupid, with wings, holding a pick axe to mine hearts.  note the makers mark to the base of the seal I.GRAY - see photo.

Please look closely at the pictures for signs of wear - clearly a well loved and worn fob seal as the top suspension loop was worn so thin it separated.  

- approximate height measurement - almost 7/8" (20mm) 
- matrix measurement - 1/2" x almost 1/2" (14mm x 12mm)

A fob seal is a small wax seal matrix encased in a metal mount shank, or hard stone, designed for suspension from a short chain or ribbon which attaches to a pocket watch and is worn hanging in front of a vest or waist or chatelaine.

The fob shanks were made from a variety of metals - gold, silver, mixed, rolled gold and gilded which is a thin layer of gold over a base metal, similar to what we now call gold filled or plated but the gilding process was different - to give the illusion of gold but much less expensive.

An intaglio, in the case of wax seals, is created by engraving below the surface of a smooth stone, the design in reverse, so that when impressed into melted wax the design is a relief of that carved image.

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