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
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.