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A dog fob seal with what I believe to be an engraved chalcedony intaglio, due to the crisp engraving, but it could possibly be glass, set in a decorative rolled gold metal mount with a loop at the top.

Please look closely at the pictures for signs of wear - you'll see some wear to the gold where the base metal is exposed and perhaps a few very tiny nibbles where the stone meets the mount but otherwise seems to be in very nice shape.

- approximate height measurement - 1" 
- matrix measurement - 1/2" x 5/8" (13mm x 15mm)

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.

The intaglio seals in the fobs were hard stone, like carnelian, quartz, amethyst, etc., metal or often glass or paste, a composite of materials tinted and made to look like gemstones but affordable to many with a much lesser price.

The fob seals date back to the Georgian era (1714 - 1830) or the Victorian era (1837 - 1901).

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