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Fob seal: M.103-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Fob seal with carnelian sealstone and agate handle carved with three masks

Carved carnelian and agate with gold and silver mounts, set with crystals. Oval carnelian sealstone with an intaglio shield containing a coat-of-arms held by Britannia resting on clouds. Agate handle carved in the round with the masks of three black figures, one bearded, above is a domed cap engraved with rope-work, and beneath is a collar set with twenty-seven rose-cut crystals; standing on a domed base with reeded gold rim mount. The suspension loop comprises a gold trefoil above a silver scroll set with nine small pastes.


History note: Frank Smart Collection

Legal notes

From the Frank Smart Collection, given by T.J.G. Duncanson

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.8 cm
Width: 2.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-02-14) by Duncanson, T. J. G.


18th Century, Late
George III
1770 CE - 1800 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Stone composed of crystal
Stem composed of agate
Sealstone composed of carnelian Length 1.8 cm Width 1.6 cm
Mount composed of gold
Swivel composed of silver

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.103-1930
Primary reference Number: 152290
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 25 January 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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