Victorian French intaglio wax fob seal pendant with Heart's Ease
A darling 19th Century wax seal fob featuring the French phrase "A VOUS," and a sweet carving of Heart's Ease, or wild pansy. This small seal is neatly made with foiled amethyst glass in a gold-plated fob. The fob has scalloped and fan-shaped details and the glass is a wonderful hue of purple. Available with or without a chain. Beautiful condition.
"The name heartsease comes from the days when if you were suffering from a broken heart you could take an infusion of the pretty little plant to treat your woes. I don’t suggest that you try it. In Victorian times when courting couples couldn’t speak openly the flower represented happiness and if you gave it to someone the meaning might be that the recipient occupied the giver’s thoughts – presumably leading to the kiss behind the garden gate." Julia Hickey, "History Jar" blog entry "Heartsease - Elizabeth I's Flower"
Measurements: 20mm fob height, 18" chain
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