An early 19th century Pinchbeck fob. Pinchbeck is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the early 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck a London clock and watchmaker.Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of Pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold ‘effect’ jewellery on a budget.
The fob is highly decorated with shells and flowers with an ornate centrepiece.The face of the fob has a lovely clean piece of agate. This fob would be a nice addition to any collection or the final piece to set off any fashionable look.
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Width - 3 cm
Depth - 2.5 cm
Age - Early 19th Century
Material - Brass
Origin - English