This 9k gold cased, gold is heavily worn, and basalt fob seal depicting an nude classical man perhaps an athlete. Gold cased means a thin layer of gold over a base metal, in this example the gold is mostly worn off.
Dating to the Georgian period around 1820 this would have been bought as a memento of a young wealthy elites Grand Tour. The Grand Tour was a typical rites of passage for a rich young gentleman were they traveled abroad for months at a time normally visiting the Classical sights of Italy and Greece, an essential part of a well rounded education.
In good antique condition with gold heavily worn, see photos.
Height 2.3 cm or 0.91 inches, Width 2.6 cm or 1.02 inches, Depth 2.1 cm or 0.83 inches.
Weight: 7.1 grams or 4.6 penny weight
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