Late Victorian "My Strength From Upon High" Intaglio Seal Fob in 14k Gold
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A wonderful, large fob (late-Georgian/early-Victorian fob), modeled in 14k yellow gold and set with a rectangular, intaglio-carved, bloodstone gem. This finely-carved wax seal features a coat of arms, atop which sits a coronet-collared dragon. This coat of arms is "impaled" to indicate a marriage— on the sinister side, we have a series of three seashells and a small star, on a striped field; on the dexter side we have four smaller fields: two occupied by pallets (with cantons bearing crescents), and two plain fields with cantons bearing crowns. The motto ma force de en hault "my strength from upon high" is emblazoned on a curling ribbon, below the shield. The fob's heavy head and oversized bail are ornately decorated with plumes and curling rococo forms. Especially wonderful is the highly sculptural fluer-de-lis element, central to the fob's "frame—" the depth and dimensionality of these many carved elements is outstanding! This fob wears beautifully as a large pendant, on a long chain, alone or layered with other meaningful pieces.
The seashells and the motto, here, are both associated with the Mallet family. The pallets on the dexter side are perhaps symbolic of bravery, while defending, in battle. With some further research it might be possible to determine the original owners of this fob!
1820 - 1830
Base measures approx 21 mm x 18 mm; total height is approx 39.9 mm (about 1.6").