Fobs are charms or ornaments that were commonly worn by men in the Victorian Era as counter weights to their pocket watches. The fob was attached by a strap, chain, or ribbon to help the wearer locate the timepiece.
Similar to key chains, watch fobs came in a variety of styles and functions. Fobs could be decorative, informative, and functional, all at the same time. Most were made of gold filled metal, and featured semi precious stones such as bloodstone or carnelian. Some were engraved with the wearer’s initials, or symbolized membership in fraternal organizations.
Fashionable Victorian men often wore many fobs at once, much like a ladies charm bracelet. Fobs started to fall out of fashion with the invention of the wristwatch, which rendered them useless.
(Edwardian man wearing Watch Fob and chain)
Fobs are one of my favorite objects to collect for the shop. Check out the current collection here:SHOP FOBS
Here are a few ways to wear your fob collection:
1. Fob Necklace
2. Fob Charm Bracelet
3. Collection Necklace
(Via Stacy Bankier Designs)