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Fob seal: M.94-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Two fob seals and a watch key set with carnelian in two-coloured gold mounts on a circular split ring clasp

Carnelian with two-coloured gold engraved mounts. Each fob seal has a rounded rectangular sealstone and openwork mount decorated with swags and baskets of flowers beneath a fluted dome; with a handle formed as a laurel wreath with an openwork floral loop. The watch key has an oval carnelian handle mounted in an openwork border of leaves and flowerheads and a similar loop. The three are linked by a circular split ring with an opening in the form a snake's head.


History note: Frank Gray Smart

Legal notes

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

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th-mid 19th century
1780 CE - 1850 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sealstone composed of carnelian
Mount composed of gold
Key Whole Height 0.5 cm Length 5.2 cm Width 3.2 cm
Seal 2 Whole Height 2.5 cm Length 4.5 cm Width 3.1 cm
Seal 1 Whole Height 2.6 cm Length 4.7 cm Width 3.3 cm
Sealstone 1 Length 2.4 cm Width 2 cm
Sealstone 2 Length 2.5 cm Width 1.9 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.94-1930
Primary reference Number: 155854
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 August 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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