Georgian Era Bloodstone Griffin Seal Watch Key Fob in 15k Gold
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A Georgian-era, wax-seal, watch key fob, whose bloodstone gem features an intaglio-carved rampant griffin and a sheaf of wheat. This gem is shield shaped, and the miniature intaglio carving is remarkable in its detail. The 15k yellow gold mount is sculpted with smooth rounded forms that create the impression of a bellows. The top of the mount is a functioning watch key, and the moveable collar is fitted with two bails that attach to a buttery length of cable chain. A small ring moves along the chain, making this little fob perfect for wear as a drop pendant. It wears well on its own, or piled-up and layered with a handful of other antique fobs and charms. The seal can be used with sealing wax, for its original purpose, if you desire.
Measures approx 23.6 (tall); seal face measures approx 12.9 x 14.1 mm The flourish in the center of the stem measures approx 10.6 mm (wide).
In the language of heraldry, a garb or wheat-sheaf signifies plenty and commendable hospitality in the bearer. One of the first instances of the garb, used in this fashion, was on the seal of Ranulph, Earl of Chester (who died in 1232). Garbs became identified, thereafter, with the Earldom of Chester, though they also appear in the arms of other families, some with a distant connection to the Earls and some without. Winged Griffins, in British heraldry, are always female.