French cockfighting novelty gold fob with two enamel roosters, circa 1850


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This French fob ornament would have been worn from a fine gold watch chain in about 1850.

Both men and women wore watch chains with a variety of decorative items hanging from them, alongside their pocket watches.

Some of theses items were functional, such as seals and watch keys. Others – like this – were meant to please or amuse for their own sake.

Here, the subject matter of two fighting cocks suggests male ownership.

The ingenious sliding action of the two engraved bars appears to make the roosters reach forwards and backwards, as first one attacks, then the other.

It’s exquisitely decorated on front and back – and the enamel remains in wonderful condition.


• Handmade in 18-carat yellow gold with enamel
• Stamped with France’s eagle head, which has been used on gold since 1838
• Approximately 2.9cm (just over 1 inch) wide, 1.9cm (just over 3/4 inch) tall
• Weight is 1.8 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (the antique boxes are not for sale)

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