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Fob seal: M.93-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown


  • Fob seal
  • 2 fob seals with watch key, hook and clasp
  • heraldic seal



Two fob seals, a watch key, hook and clasp in three-coloured gold set with turquoises and small red and green stones

Chalcedony with three-coloured gold engraved mounts set with turquoises and red and green stones (probably garnets and emeralds). One fob seal has an octagonal sealstone with intaglio crest; the other is oval and inscribed 'DFS' in reverse; both have a domed back with applied butterfly shaped handle with filigree wings, and are decorated with applied flowers and leaves and set with small stones. The top of the long spatulate hook is decorated with a similar butterfly. The watch key has a scallop shell shaped handle set with small stones. The four are linked by a circular split ring decorated with applied leaves and stones.


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.


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Mid#
1780 CE - 1850 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Stone composed of emerald ( possibly) garnet ( possibly) turquoise
Sealstone composed of chalcedony
Mount composed of gold
Key Diameter 1.2 cm Height 0.6 cm Length 3.1 cm
Hook Height 0.9 cm Length 4.5 cm Width 1.8 cm
Seal (octagonal) Height 1.4 cm Length 2.0 cm Width 1.7 cm
Seal (oval) Height 1.6 cm Length 2.2 cm Width 1.8 cm
Sealstone (oval) Length 1.1 cm Width 0.8 cm
Sealstone (oct.) Length 1.1 cm Width 0.9 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.93-1930
Primary reference Number: 155677
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 August 2015 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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