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Watch fob

Object Number: 
1921.12
Date: 
1775-1850
Medium: 
Silver, jet, gilt
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/4 x 1 1/8 x 1 in. ( 4.4 x 2.9 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
carved: across bottom of seal: "SUB SOLE SUB UMBRA VIRENS"
Description: 
Silver gilt watch fob with jet seal; bail is in the form of a hollow finial with knop attached to base with arched scroll design with scallop shell at the center, the base is vertically ribbed all around, the bezel is horizontally ribbed; the seal depicts a hand clutching three leaves above a crest with three leaves (same as above); inscription on banner across the bottom.
Gallery Label: 
This watch fob belonged to New York author Washington Irving (1783-1859).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Charles R. Huntington
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group