Decorations like this spectacular antique handcrafted hair jewel adorned the tousled topknots, headbands and turbans of neo-Classical gals around the turn of the 19th century: the Late Georgian/Regency period in England and the Napoleonic First Empire period in France.
Nothing could be a more stunning accent for your "up" do today, and you can also wear it as a stickpin. From an estate in the north of England, the jewel measures 3.25 inches long and is crowned by a lavishly textured orb representing the moon -- from which chains and two filigree domes suspend 14 ever-dancing stars ideal for making a display in the ballrooms Jane Austen wrote about.
Celestial motifs, as you know, were highly popular throughout the Georgian period. The Orient was also a strong influence in those days, and ladies of China and Japan had long worn elaborate hair decorations, the loveliest of which had mobile elements.
Condition of this treasure is remarkably fine, given its great age and delicacy. The only flaws I can find are a slight waviness of the shank and minute losses of the rich gilding, most on the shank.
You could look a long, long time before finding anything like this again!
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