Contributed by Tate House Museum
Admiral George Tate II, son of Captain George Tate of Portland, served in the Russian Navy for 50 years and was appointed admiral in 1793.
He orignally owned this fob, which descended to Ann Tate Ingraham, his niece in Portland. It depicts two hippocampi — the head of a horse combined with fluted fish tails, often winged.
This mythical marine animal was a fitting symbol for a Russian admiral.
The miniature music box enclosed in the fob reportedly plays "God Save the King." A rare luxury object, the fob might have complemented a pocket watch or used as a pendant.
About This Item
- Title: Watch fob, Portland, ca. 1800
- Creation Date: circa 1800
- Subject Date: circa 1800
- Town: Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Gold
- Dimensions: 3.81 cm x 2.86 cm x 2.54 cm
- Local Code: 1976.1
- Object Type: Physical Object
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Tate, George, 1700-1794--Associated objects
- Tate, Ann Ingraham--Associated objects
- Tate family
- Merchants--United States--History--19th century
- Tate, George, 1700-1794--Homes and haunts--Maine--Portland
- Merchants--United States--History--18th century
- Mythical creatures--Hippocampus
- Tate House (Portland, Me.)
- Music boxes
- Watch fobs
For more information about this item, contact:Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME 04102
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