Victorian Watch Fob - Animals - 1893 Chicago Columbian Expo - Eugene Arnstein For Sale
For your consideration today we’re offering this unique VICTORIAN RIBBON & CHARMWATCH FOB. After a bit of research, we feel confident attributing this piece to the World'sColumbian Exposition held here in Chicago in 1893. This piece is marked “With Compliments, Eugene Arnstein, Chicago.” History states that Arnstein was a featured businessman at the Expo and inventor of the product, “Arnstein’s Gold Leaf Substitute.” Since this piece was acquired from an estate in the Windy City, the provenance seems likely. (Perhaps Arnstein’s Gold Leaf Substitute is what gives this fob its antique gold color...?) This fob comes to you in very good, pre-owned condition. Aside from some slight fraying of the black grosgrain ribbon, it’s good to go! The main focus of the piece is gold/brass coins that are linked together. From top to bottom they feature:
Dog (head in profile)
Horse (head in profile)
On the back of the larges coin (the bottom horse head) it is incised: With Compliments, Eugene Arnstein, Chicago This is a great piece for any Chicago history buff, and it would look AMAZING hanging from an antique chain as a necklace...The wonderful old gold patina really pops against the black fabric of the ribbon. Of course, it displays just as well in a glass case. Approximate measurements (top of clasp to bottom of ribbon):
7.75" x 1.7"
Diameter of largest coin (horse head):
A unique piece of Chicagoland History!We are listing a varied assortment of charming and unusual brooches & pins this week Please take a look at our other sales Always happy to combine shipping Buyers – Please Note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility.Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to offerding or buying. Customs fees are normally charged by the shipping company or collected when you pick the item up. These fees are not additional shipping charges. We won't under-value merchandise or mark the item as a gift on customs forms. Doing that is against U.S. and international laws. ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD IN AS-FOUND CONDITION PLEASE EMAIL ANY QUESTIONS PRIOR TO offerDINGoffer WITH CONFIDENCE WE GUARANTEE THE AUTHENTICITY OF ALL ITEMS WE SELL AND PROVIDE FULL DISCLOSURE OF ANY DAMAGE OR RESTORATION WE SHIP INTERNATIONALLY USING USPS PRIORITY MAIL ONLY WE ONLY ACCEPT PAYMENTS VIA PAYPAL ALL PAYPAL PAYMENTS TO BE MADE WITHIN 4 DAYS OF sale’S CLOSE IF NO COMMUNICATION OR PAYMENT AFTER 4 DAYS, TRANSACTION WILL BE REPORTED TO AS UNPAID NO EXCEPTIONS