In the mid-1700s, men’s waistcoats had pockets and it was fashionable to carry a pocket watch. A chain or leather was attached to the watch making it easier for the wearer to retrieve the watch from these small pockets. These chains were frequently decorated with a fob, a silver or enamel charm that enhanced the look of the watch and acted as a weight to keep the chain close to the body.
Victorians considered the fob an ideal fashion accessory. In late 19th and early 20th-century England, silver and gold metals were struck to create fob charms. Typically, these finely engraved metals are made of silver and stamped Birmingham with the hallmark of the maker.
These antique sterling silver Edwardian watch fob charms are fully hallmarked indicating they are from Birmingham, UK, and made of sterling silver.