Antique Pinchbeck Fob
|A fob seal mounted on the base of a shank with a small ring for
|suspension from a watchchain or chatelaine.
|An alloy of copper and zinc (25%0 invented around 1720 by the London
|watchmaker Christopher PINCHBECK. This alloy looked exactly like gold
|but was much lighter. and had the same quality of craftmanship as seen in
|gold jewellery. Although originally used for watch cases it soon was also
|used for jewellery. No alternative to gold in the 18th C. was as good
|After 1854 when it became legal in England to sell gold below 18 carat
|Pinchbeck became more or less obsolete. To-day real Pinchbeck is rare.