Halley's Comet put on a particularly bright show in 1910, inspiring a craze for comet jewelry (as happened also in 1835). Comet brooches are rare, but we always look for them and have several at the moment. This one is spectacular, featuring 11 faux-garnets, richly colored and faceted for maximum sparkle. The gilt metal setting is highly ornate and dimensional, with lacy ruffles around the comet's head and further openwork throughout the length of the tail.
Everything's in remarkable condition, relative to age; you may want your jeweler to clean the crevices and perhaps tweak a couple of teensy waves in the tail's edge. You'll notice on the back a "Czecho" stamp that tells us this beauty was sold during the first years of the Czech Republic (established in 1918). The region was previously known as Bohemia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until World War I ended. Based on the comet theme, we believe the brooch might well have been fashioned before the war, but impossible to export until afterward, so left unmarked until normal business resumed.
Size is substantial: about 2 inches long and a bit more than 3/4 of an inch at its widest. There's an early safety catch and the pinstem appears to have been expertly shortened at some time (a smart idea, since the extra-long pins characteristic of old brooches became dangerous after women gave up wearing layers of heavy underclothing). Provenance is a New England estate.
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