This early Victorian wax seal fob topped with a sheep features an amber glass intaglio of a tortoise beneath the words “Excuse Haste.” This intaglio - undoubtably a reference to Aesop's famous fable of the tortoise and the hare as well as a tongue-in-cheek witticism implying that the sender was slow to reply - was meant to be pressed into hot wax to create a decorative seal for correspondence in the days before gummed envelopes.
base metal, amber glass, new 14k gold chain
3/4" length, 18" chain
1837 — 1901
please note:Terms of Sale
Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.