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Fob seal: M.81-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Fob seal with agate sealstone and handle carved as the bust of a woman with crystal set hair ornament and choker

Carved grey and white agate with engraved gold mount, set with crystals in silver mounts. Oval sealstone, not engraved, with domed mount engraved with leaves radiating from the centre. The handle carved in the round from two pieces of agate. One forms the head of a black woman, her face fringed with curls, her hair veiled, with the stone's white veining indicating folds which are tied at the back with a ribbon. The lower stone forms her shoulders and dress collar, with the join covered by a silver choker set with a band of crystals. At the front of her head, with the suspension loop behind, is a leaf-shaped crystal set hair ornament.


History note: Frank Gray Smart

Legal notes

From the Frank Smart Collection, given by T.J.G. Duncanson

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.6 cm
Length: 4.5 cm
Width: 1.9 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-02-14) by Duncanson, T. J. G.


Late 18th century
Circa 1760 CE - Circa 1800 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Stone composed of crystal
Sealstone composed of agate Length 1.7 cm Width 1.3 cm
Handle composed of agate
Mount composed of gold
Jewellery Mount composed of silver

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.81-1930
Primary reference Number: 152729
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 25 January 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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