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Large Mother of Pearl JD Walking Plow Blockman's Fob

A Walk Through History: The Large Mother of Pearl JD Walking Plow Blockman's Fob


The humble watch fob, once a staple for gentlemen, has evolved into a fascinating piece of collectible history. Today, we take a closer look at a particularly unique fob: the Large Mother of Pearl JD Walking Plow Blockman's Fob, currently up for auction at Donley Auctions' Vintage Watch Fob and Display Case Auction.



A Glimpse into the Past:

Fobs were originally practical accessories, used to secure pocket watches to vests or waistcoats. However, by the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they became more than just functional. Fobs, like the one we're examining, served as a miniature canvas for personal expression, reflecting a wearer's profession, interests, or affiliations.


Decodying the Design:

This particular fob features a large piece of iridescent mother-of-pearl, a timeless material known for its beauty and durability. The centerpiece, however, is the intriguing image: a JD walking plow.


JD – A Symbol of Progress:

"JD" most likely refers to the Deere & Company, an American agricultural machinery manufacturing giant founded in 1837. The walking plow, a significant innovation in its time, revolutionized farming by allowing for deeper tilling and increased crop yields.


The Blockman Mystery:

The term "Blockman" adds a layer of intrigue. It could signify a membership in a specific agricultural association or club, perhaps named after a prominent local farmer or inventor. Unfortunately, without further details, the exact meaning remains open to interpretation.


A Collectible Conversation Starter:

This Large Mother of Pearl JD Walking Plow Blockman's Fob is more than just a watch accessory; it's a window into a bygone era. It speaks to the importance of agriculture, the rise of American industry, and the pride associated with skilled craftsmanship. Whether displayed in a collection or worn as a historical conversation starter, this fob is a testament to a time when progress and personal identity were intricately linked.


Is this unique fob part of your collection?  Head over to Donley Auctions' Vintage Watch Fob and Display Case Auction to see if this piece of history sparks your interest, and browse a wide selection of other fascinating watch fobs! Share your thoughts and fob finds in the comments below!


This item is lot #9 and to see more visit DonleyAuctions.com.




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