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Georgian Black-Dot Paste Halley's Comet Brooch

$1,200.00

Georgian Black-Dot Paste Halley's Comet Brooch

$1,200.00


Description

DATE: Georgian, c.1835

Halley's Comet is named after the Royal Astronomer Sir Edmund Halley, who was first to realize that the reported comet sightings between 1531 and 1682 were actually the same object - orbiting the the sun roughly every 75 years. As such, he was able to predict, with remarkably accuracy, the year in which it would re-appear: 1759. And when it did, they gave the comet his name. Halley's (designation 1P/Halley) is the only known short-period comet that appears visible to the naked eye, and its 75/76 year period makes it possible to view twice in a human lifetime (if you're lucky with the dates).

A fantastic Georgian brooch depicting said comet. The comet visited in 1835, inspiring jewellers of the time to commemorate its appearance in precious metals and gems - in this example black dot paste, the height of sophistication in its day, 9k gold, and silver. The comet itself represented by a single paste gemstone; the tail is a rococo inspired split gold bar, highly ornate, leading to a paste daisy cluster.

STONES 

Black Dot Paste

MEASUREMENTS 

2.3 x 1.1cm

WEIGHT 

2.0g

MARKS 

No marks present, tests as 9k gold and silver

CONDITION 

Very good, general wear commensurate with age

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