Victorian Gold Filled Pocket Watch Chain Fob Foster & Bailey F&B Antique Late 1800s
This is a beautiful antique pocket watch fob from the late 19th century. The fob has an ornate and attractive design and is fully functional. This piece is in excellent condition. It's an outstanding item to add to one’s collection or to give to that special collector in your life.
It appears that parts of this piece are gold plated. I ran a magnet along the clasp (which is stamped with CXK) and it stuck to the magnet. In my research, I discovered that CXK is an antiquated method of marking 14K gold. And due to the magnet test, it is gold plated. I’m not sure if the chain is gold plated, but it has a subtle golden-rose tone. The long decorative piece that hangs from the fob appears to be gold, and is not drawn to the magnet. The fob itself appears to be brass (in my non-expert opinion) and shows some minor wear in which the plating has worn off.
Dimensions: approximately 6 ½" long, including the clasp
Hallmark: F&B on fob, CXK on clasp
About Foster and Bailey:
Foster and Bailey was an American company that operated between the years of 1878 and 1898. They were was based in Providence, Rhode Island and made small sterling silver, silver plate and gold items for the home and personal use, such as hair brushes, compacts, hat brushes, hand mirrors, dresser jars, shoe horns and button hooks. The firm also made jewelry, including lockets, watch fobs, brooches, and earrings.
Styles of Foster and Bailey Jewelry:
Foster and Bailey's designs are beautifully ornamental, a trait typical of the Victorian era. Victorians loved frilly, fussy, gussied up things - a knick-knack in every available space and swirls and curlicues adorning jewelry and decorative items. This gives the Foster and Bailey jewelry a romantic, old-fashioned look desired by many fans of antique jewelry.
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