Superb and rare antique late Georgian/early Victorian era Cornucopia or ‘Horn of plenty’ fob watch charm.
Immaculate in its condition this exquisite fob charm would only have been owned by a member of the landed Gentry or British peerage and would have been very expensive in its day.
Modelled as a Cornucopia which literally translates from the Latin ‘Cornu Copiae’ as ‘horn of Plenty this piece would have been worn to bring the wearer luck and prosperity.
The Horn and slide are incredible … crafted from 15ct gold, both rose and yellow with red gold accents to the floral accents to the double foxtail chain which is 18ct yellow gold.
Suspending from a 9ct antique dog-clip (later but antique) these gorgeous, rare and superbly made late Georgian/early Victorian era Cornucopia present rarely to the market and would suit the serious collector
History of the Cornucopia
The Cornucopia was carried by the Roman goddess Fortuna (Greek: Tyche), the personification of luck, suggesting this charm was likely intended to top up the good luck of its owner, as well as bringing the usual abundance and nourishment.
Cornucopia comes from Latin cornu copiae, which translates literally as "Horn of Plenty." A traditional staple of feasts, the cornucopia is believed to represent the horn of a goat from Greek mythology. According to legend, it was from this horn that the god Zeus was fed as an infant.
Faint marks to top loop - unidentifiable
Components XRF Tested as 15ct and 18ct gold
Dog clip is later addition - 9ct
Excellent antique condition. Incredible workmanship, solid, exquisite with non issues other than the addition of a later dog-clip to note.