This necklace features a vintage pinchbeck watch fob, c. 1900, with a heart-shaped design in rose gold that is engraved JJB on one side and is plain on the other. It dangles from a handmade chain of oxidized silver and gold-filled Byzantine chainmaille links. The fob is 1 1/4" tall with a leafy textured design and with a gold-plated heart on both sides.
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Developed around the 1770s, alongside the invention of pocket watches, fobs were worn by both men and women, attached at the waist or to a belt. Their popularity continued throughout the 19th century but gradually became more associated with male attire. Some watch chains held multiple decorative fobs where they dangled similarly to a ladies charm bracelet when draped on a vest.