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Title: Locket/Fob
Identifier: 2005.1.27
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: c. 1850
Image Creator: Museums of Mississuaga
Creation Date: 2005
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A 15 carat red gold locket/ fob set on one side with a black onyx face. The other side of the fob has the initials MSH (not necessarily in that order) engraved and filled with black enamel. The fob/locket is affixed to a 15 carat yellow gold curb link pocket watch chain with swivel clasp.

History: Fobs are a small trinket, pendent, locket or seal worn to decorate a watch chain. Menís watch chains with fobs were worn hanging just below the short waistcoats in fashion from the 1830ís to 1850ís but they lost their appeal by the 1860ís as longer coats were worn and covered where the watch chain and fob would be visible.
Kathleen Agnes Sayers neť Colloton (1907 -1981) was the wife of Geoffrey Sayers. Kathleen, known as Kay, married Geoffrey in 1933 at St. Peterís Anglican Church in Erindale. Kay and Geoffrey never had any children and were the last Harris relatives to live at Benares. This jewellery was part of Kay Sayers Estate and was donated by Geoffrey Sayers. Many of these pieces were originally from inheritances through the Harris and Draper families.
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