Victorian Gentleman's extremely rare Antique pocket watch chain brass anti theft spike fob in the form of an acorn. C 1890's (could certainly be earlier).
(Please excuse the reflections in the pictures - was extremely difficult to photograph). Measures; 2.7cm height (retracted including the end rings), 3.1cm extended, 1.2cm width and weighs a respectable 3.9 grams.
Beautifully formed in the shape of an acorn and was made to be secured between the dog clip and next link of a pocket watch chain. If the owner was unlucky enough to be attacked by a pickpocket (was very common in Victorian times) and the chain was pulled from a waistcoat or top pocket the fob would extend with the force to pull out four very sharp spikes which then embedded themselves to the inner pocket material thus rendering the thief from snatching both the chain and watch. Operates correctly and the spikes are strong and extremely sharp! Original brass top and bottom links. Excellent clean and bright condition with no indentations and just some very light overall wear/ patina and fine little surface scratches commensurate with age.Will arrive in a new velvet presentation pouch and be very securely and safely packed. Please view my feedback as guarantee of my integrity. The item "Antique Pocket Watch Chain Fob 1890s Victorian Brass Rare Anti Theft Spike Fob" is in sale since Friday, January 15, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watch Accessories\Chains & Fobs". The seller is "riversidemaximus23" and is located in normanton, West Yorkshire. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Cayman islands, Dominica, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay.