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WATCH FOB

A Watch fob is an ornament or a medallion attached to a chain and hanging out of the pocket to assist the owner in locating and removing the watch from a pocket in clothing.
About 1770 the fashion of carrying a watch in waistcoat fob pocket was introduced.
The term "fob" identified both the ornament (sometimes purely decorative, sometimes utilitarian, like a seal or key) and the pocket watch chain where it was attached.
Fobs attached at the waist or to a belt were worn by both men and women.


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The traditional manner of wearing a pocket watch developed largely at the peak of the pocket watch's popularity during the Victorian age from the middle to late 19th century.
Once a symbol of wealth, with the diffusion of wristwatch in the 20th century the pocket watch has become something of a curiosity.

Now it's part of the ritual for the few using a pocket watch. It may have personal meaning to the wearer or may be used only as a decorative piece of jewelry.
Old silver and gold fobs are avidly researched by collectors.

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