GEORGIAN GOLD AND CORNELIAN ARMORIAL SEAL

£650

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.