This is a rare biblical fob inscribed “England’s Best Hope” with an image of a holy bible. A peculiar early 19th century fob, fitted with an 18ct articulated top, this exceptional fob is constructed of red jasper, a peculiar color for this type of stone. The inscription indicates that perhaps this religious fob belonged to a member of the clergy; my favorite detail is the extremely subtle incision of radiating lines around the bible to indicate the divine nature of the object.
Materials and Features:
Red jasper, 18ct gold
Circa early 19th century, English
Marked “18K” on bail
Seal includes “Holy Bible” and “England’s Best Hope”
Weight: 9.98 grams
Dimensions: 38mm x 19mm
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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18ct Biblical Fob in Red Jasper c. 1840