Early Victorian Heraldic Intaglio Spinner Seal Fob
DATE: Victorian, c.1850
This attractive antique spinner fob is set with two carved stone panels: one bloodstone, the other carnelian agate. Each panel is carved with a heraldic crest, above Latin motto. The words read "VIVERE SAT VINCERE", or "To Conquer is to Live Enough". According to Fairbairn's Book of Crests, depicted is: "a savage's head affrontée couped below the shoulders", and was adopted by the De Moleyns family in England. Modelled in 18ct yellow gold.
Bloodstone and Carnelian Agate
2.4 x 2.1cm - Diameter of panel: 1.4cm
No marks present, tests as 18ct gold
Very good, with lovely antique patina