Il Gattopardo

Large Victorian carnelian & gold FOB seal / pendant, England circa 1890

Berlocks (French breloques, pendants) are small precious objects or small jewelry made of metal, precious stones or other valuable materials, which existed in ancient times. In the second half of the 18th century, a new generation of seals came into fashion, worn as ornamental pendants on the watchband or watch chain. The present berlock, to be used as a seal, was made in England in the years around 1890. The seal face consists of an engraved carnelian with a family crest. It is held by a setting of reddish gold, designed entirely in the style of the Victorian era. Grooved ornaments and sweeping shield decorations form the framework of the pendant. The gem bears a beautifully cut crest depicting three leopard heads in a shield with black tingering. A sword arm is enthroned above the crest. The exact provenance of the crest is yet to be deciphered, but it is probably an English family crest, as the gem came to us from London. An animalistic enrichment for any seal collection and an embellishment for any red gold watch chain!

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.