Victorian Armorial Wax Seal Fob with Vulning Pelicans & Seashells
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An antique watch fob set with an armorial seal, intaglio-carved in amber glass. The seal's crest features three pelicans in a vulning posture— this heraldic shield is surround by a trio of scallop shells. The fob's body is open and stirrup shaped, with reeded embellishment. This is a large, weighty seal, and the earthy, gold on gold color scheme make it a versatile partner to other gold set fobs and charms.
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The pelican is one of the few female beasts in the heraldic tradition, and she is often depicted “vulning herself,” for the sake of her offspring— that is, selflessly piercing her own breast, so that her children won’t go hungry.