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Lovely Antique English Gold Medal Fob - Birthday Present


Absolutely wonderful 9 karat gold medal fob with lovely floral engraving on each point with a tree perfectly situated in the medallion.  Intricate, well-excecuted flowers adorn each point of the diamond-shaped base.  A plain raised central medallion is adorned with a tree.  Trees had various meanings during the Victorian period.  Prosperity and hope could be ones likely assigned to this one as it was given to the recipient by her parents.

Measuring 1.5" long and 1" wide, it has a quiet, commanding appearance.  The back is fully hallmarked, stamped with the maker's mark, and has a sweet inscription.  "Birthday Present from Father and Mother, 16-6-02" is beautifully scripted.  This is the only piece we have had which has had an inscription denoting a birthday gift, which we find particularly endearing.  It was given at the turn of the century in 1902 on June 16.

Medal fobs such as these are conversation pieces as they are unlike anything else.  They exude quiet mystery when worn by themselves or are perfect pieces to add to a collage as they are a different form and provide a backdrop for spinner fobs.

Measuring 9 karat gold, it is a substantial piece and in excellent conditon. Only normal wear.  No dents or dings.

Can be worn by itself on a short chain or part of a grouping on a longer chain.  Shown on a short chain with a spinner fob.  All are sold individually.

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.


1.5" long x 1" wide


Excellent condition with no dents or dings. Original patina.

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