A large Georgian fob seal, which would originally have been suspended from a man's watch-chain or fob. Nowadays it would be worn on a chain or a ribbon round the neck as a characterful and unusual antique pendant. It is oblong in shape, dating it to around 1810, and is in solid gold, tested as 15 carat, as many of these seals are base-metal, heavily gold plated. The base is inset with a finely engraved cornelian intaglio of a coat-of-arms, crest and motto ODI PROFANUM 'I hate profanity' for the Reverend Arthur Newburgh Haire-Forster of Ballynure, co. Monaghan. I could n't find this gentlemen in Burke's Landed Gentry of 1900, so no doubt the family is extinct. The seal is 1 1/4 inches: 32 mm high, and the base measures 1 1/8 x 15/16 inches: 28 x 23 mm.
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N.Bloom & Son was established by my maternal grandfather in 1912. I have run the business since 1971. I specialise in high-quality old jewellery, mostly late 19th and 20th century, of interesting and unusual design. After having a succession of shops in the West End over forty years, and having a achieved a high reputation and profile with the public, I decided to close my last shop in 2005, and now I trade solely over the internet, or by person-to-person contact with clients. I can be contacted by telephone 020 7629 5060, or from abroad 0044 20 7629 5060 or by email as below. Prices ncludes insured free-of-charge UK/Europe posting for any item, or free-of-charge sending by FedEx world-wide for any item over £500’
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