This is a great example of a Victorian ornate watch fob. Traditionally these decorative pieces would hang from the short section at the centre of an Albert chain.
The Albert chain was both a practical way of hanging a pocket watch from a waistcoat and of providing some decoration to gents formal wear. The chains would range in thickness, weight and pattern allowing them to act as a status symbol for the owner. The fobs would often be engraved with the owners initial.
This particular fob has a gold panel in the centre and hallmarks incorporated into the design rather than featuring in the traditional manner on the back of the panel. There are similar pieces to this available in our Earlham St shop.
Words James Tanner