This diamond and pearl tiara on a two-pronged blonde tortoiseshell comb, c. 1890, is being sold at Sothebys in Hong Kong on April 10, 2007. Est. $32,000 to $38,000. :O That’s a shocking price, but let’s see! I have never seen anything as over-the-top before in this style. This is fabulous! I’ll report the final price.
Here is Sotheby’s description: “The centre decorated with a spray of stylised flowering motifs, set throughout with circular- and rose-cut diamonds, highlighted by three natural pearls, on a series of scrolls supporting graduated star motifs set with similarly-cut diamonds, mounted in silver topped gold, to a three-pronged comb of horn, connected by a metal hinge and frame.”
Beautifully written, as usual, but it said “three-pronged comb of horn.” I might be getting old, but I see a two-pronged comb of blonde shell. ;-)
At any rate, who cares! Oh boy. :-)