Victorian Letter-Bearing-Dove Intaglio Seal Fob in 18k Gold

$ 675.00 

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Victorian Letter-Bearing-Dove Intaglio Seal Fob in 18k Gold
Victorian Letter-Bearing-Dove Intaglio Seal Fob in 18k Gold
Victorian Letter-Bearing-Dove Intaglio Seal Fob in 18k Gold
Victorian Letter-Bearing-Dove Intaglio Seal Fob in 18k Gold

A Victorian-era intaglio wax seal fob, whose carnelian gem is carved with a letter-bearing dove in flight, and the sentiment 'repondez vite' (respond quickly). This charming seal is set in an elaborate 18k gold mount— a pair of highly-dimensional, floral trefoils connect the fob's bail to its base, and the base is decorated with an all-over pattern of dimples, and an intricately engraved floral band depicting trumpet flowers and their leaves. This fob would be lovely worn as a pendant, on its own or paired with other meaningful charms. It could also be used for its original purpose . . . to seal your correspondences!

Materials

18k gold
Carnelian 

Age

c. 1860

Condition 

Very good

Dimensions

Face measures approx 17.8 mm x 15.4 mm; total height is approx 21.9 mm.

Victorian Letter-Bearing-Dove Intaglio Seal Fob in 18k Gold
Victorian Letter-Bearing-Dove Intaglio Seal Fob in 18k Gold
Victorian Letter-Bearing-Dove Intaglio Seal Fob in 18k Gold
Victorian Letter-Bearing-Dove Intaglio Seal Fob in 18k Gold