from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A watch-chain hanging free from the fob, and usually carrying a seal, key, or other trinket.
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A pair of massive bronze doors were set in the centre, a thick, well-oiled padlock strung between the door handles like a fob-chain across the waistcoat of a prize-fighter.
Mr. Spencer tilted his London hat down upon his brow, fumbled with his fob-chain, and would have liked to ask the Paymaster if his well-known intention to send Gilian on the same career he and his brothers had followed was to be carried into effect But he felt instinctively that this was a delicate question.
The lengths here given make a fob-chain about five inches long.
The collar sits as high in the neck; the red silk handkerchief peeps out behind; the trousers are cut with the "full fall," over which hangs the watch fob-chain with its heavy seals; the low-crowned beaver hat has the same wide brim; and the silver snuff-box is still redolent of Scotch maccaboy.
"I do!" from a pursy passenger with a double chin and a heavy fob-chain.
He wore a jewelled breastpin and a heavy gold fob-chain and seal.
"Well, sister Justitia," said Mrs. Lawson, drawing forth a massive silver watch, by a steel fob-chain; "we are wasting time.