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Fob seal: M.92-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown


  • Fob seal
  • 3 fob seals with watch key and clasp
  • heraldic seal



Three fob seals, a watch key and clasp in pinchbeck embossed with scrolls and leaves

Chalcedony and glass with embossed and chased pinchbeck mounts. One fob seal has a circular chalcedony sealstone with intaglio crest; the second is oval in glass imitating emerald, with an intaglio bust of a lady wearing a necklace, with hair dressed in the style of Julia Domna, with a star and crescent in the field with an illegible inscription, facing in profile to the right; the third is rounded rectangular in glass imitating bloodstone, inscribed 'JULIA' in reverse. The seals have domed backs decorated with borders of flowerheads and scrolls. The two smaller fob seals and the watch key have similar handles formed from a pair of openwork rocaille scrolls. The larger oval fob seal has a four-sided tapering handle decorated with scrolls. The four are linked by a circular split ring decorated flowerheads.


History note: Frank Gray Smart

Legal notes

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

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early-Mid#
Circa 1800 - Circa 1850

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Mount composed of pinchbeck
Circular Sealstone composed of chalcedony Diameter 1.1 cm
Rect. Sealstone composed of glass Length 1.2 cm Width 1 cm
Oval Sealstone composed of glass Length 1.9 cm Width 1.3 cm
Circular Seal Diameter 1.4 cm Height 2.1 cm
Key Height 0.7 cm Length 3.0 cm Width 1.3 cm
Rectangular Seal Height 1.4 cm Length 2.1 cm Width 1.5 cm
Oval Seal Height 1.7 cm Length 2.8 cm Width 2.2 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.92-1930
Primary reference Number: 155288
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 17 August 2015 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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