This pencil fob probably once hung from a chatelaine, which is a now-obsolete accessory that women would attach to their dresses, belts, or necklaces to keep everyday objects at the ready. Ladies would hold all kinds of things on chatelaines: vinaigrettes for smelling salts, tiny sewing kits in silver containers, or some sort of writing implement like this neatly camouflaged pencil. The gold telescoping pencil has retained it's original lead and is finished with a pretty diamond and turquoise cluster.
10k gold (tests), 12 1mm rose cut diamonds, 4.6mm turquoise cabochon, new 14k gold chain
1 3/4" length including the bale, 2 3/4" length of pencil fully extended, 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.
A turquoise given by a loving hand carries with it happiness and good fortune. -Arabic proverb