A stunning Georgian period brooch c1770. Halley’s comet example.
Modelled in 12 carat yellow gold with size white old cut paste to one end and a single paste to the other. Set in fine grain silver settings with a deep engraved relief pattern in between.
Halley’s Comet was named after Sir Edmund Halley, the royal astronomer. He formed a view that all of the sightings between 1531 and 1682 were actually one single comet, which circled the sun every 75-76 years. Halley predicted that it would return again in 1759 and, when it did, it received its name. The next sighting was in 1835 and, soon after, Georgian jewellers began creating Halley’s Comet pins, which were influenced by the shape of the comet – as it approached the sun
CONDITION ; Excellent for age. Clean gold, working pin and hinger. Securely set stones, some light wear to stones. Please view photographs.
WEIGHT ; 1.6 grams
SIZE ; 9.5mm x 21mm approx
HALLMARKS ; tests as 12-15ct