Heart Fob Necklace

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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. 

Details and Materials

  • fob is 35 mm at its longest, 25 mm at its widest
  • necklace is 20" long, but can be clasped shorter
  • sterling lobster clasp
  • antique yellow and rose gold-filled fob
  • gold-filled jump rings
  • oxidized sterling jump rings 

Origin Story

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.