V-0112 FOB Seal

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Antique Pinchbeck Fob

Product details

Origin Great Britain
Period 19th Century
Detail A fob seal mounted on the base of a shank with a small ring for
  suspension from a watchchain or chatelaine.
Remarks 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 
  as pinchbeck.
  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.


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