Georgian Bloodstone Intaglio Wax Seal Fob in 15k Gold
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A Georgian-era, wax-seal fob, whose bloodstone gem features an intaglio-carved coat of arms. This coat of arms is quartered, with matching quadrants on the diagonal— two of these quadrants are emblazoned with trios of martlets, and two feature torch-bearing lions that march across a field dotted with crosses and stars. The carving is almost impossibly fine and small and is sure to appeal to lovers of miniature things. The 15k yellow gold mount that holds this seal is ornate and hand-chased with foliate motifs— the broad and curling leaf forms, on the sides of the fob, give the impression of a fleur de lis. The little scallops on the fob's wide bail are not last among the lovely details found here. This wears well on its own, or piled-up and layered with a handful of other antique fobs and charms. This 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).
The heraldic martlet is a swift-like bird that is always drawn without feet— martlets symbolize diligence and virtue and their lack of feet supports the idea of a perpetual flight, of hard work with or without the promise of reward.