A stunning Georgian period brooch c1800. Halley’s comet example.
Unusually designed also as a piece of mourning jewellery. Set with two foiled back rock crystal stones and an engraving of mourning to reverse.
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 ; Very for age. Clean gold, working pin and hinge. Securely set stone. Light wear only. Please view photographs.
WEIGHT ; 2.6 grams
SIZE ; 15mm x 30mm approx
HALLMARKS ; None, gold reverse