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 watch out for them constantly and have several at the moment. This one is a real dazzler, loaded with old diamond pastes that have lost little of their original sparkle. The white metal setting is in great condition, too, relative to age.
The brooch measures about 1.5 inches in each direction and has an early safety catch and a somewhat elongated pinstem, probably shortened from even greater length (a good idea, since the extra-long type became dangerous after women gave up wearing layers of heavy underclothing). Provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.
Besides wearing this beauty in the usual ways, it would look great on a ribbon as a choker necklace or headband -- or on a hat or a purse -- or turning a scarf into a sash. The styling possibilities are just about endless.
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