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Rare Hidden Compartment Bold Gold Antique English Watch Chain Fob


Incredibly cool!  At first one would think this is a traditional gold swirl watch fob but upon close examination it definitely is not.  The bottom portion of this fob is a secret compartment.  It flips open as it has a hinge on one side.  When this bottom "door" is open, there is a generous size space.  Originally this compartment would have been used to hold pills.  What a neat concept...truly Victorian.

The thick, bold swirls forming the main decoration create quite a graphic.  When hung from a chain, it commands attention as it measures a full inch long and inch wide.  The bottom portion of the secret compartment possesses a carnelian.  This carnelian is a deep burgundy.  It is free of chips or cracks.

Gold content is 9 karat.  Can be worn on either a rose or yellow gold chain, either short or long, singly or part of a grouping.

Perfect for the woman who appreciates the unusual.  Wonderful for a grouping to add something rare but blending well with others as the shape allows it to nest nicely with others.

Victorian jewelry originated in England with the period from 1861-1885 known as The Grand Period. We specialize mostly in jewelry from this era.  It is bolder in construction as this time frame saw women’s roles transitioning.  A switch from dainty to bold construction was demanded due to women becoming more prevalent in business and demanding the right to vote.  This move to a bolder look and increased demand was also attributed to the middle class having more access to higher paying jobs and being able to emulate the wealthy.  Jewelry was used as a sign of a woman’s wealth and place in society; thus, the more jewelry a woman wore, the wealthier she appeared. 

9kt gold became all the rage during this time as it was more affordable for the upper middle class, and it allowed them to denote their rising status in society.  The vast majority of gold jewelry found during this period is of this karat content.  Earrings, bangles, and chains were now being worn during the day and were no longer reserved for evening.  Women of this period were no different than women today; each enjoyed her own style and her pieces were special and significant to her.  Her personality emanated from her jewelry.


1" long x 1" wide


Gold is in excellent condition with no issues. Stone is free of chips and cracks.



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