Monthly Archives: March 2010

Research is fun

Recently I bought this comb on ebay. But what was it? I had a similar barrette from the English company who invented silver plate, but was this from the same company? Was it English? I set out on a research-finding … Continue reading

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Two Tiaras

This agate, cameo, and gold tiara is part of a complete parure, c. 1840. The tiara has a graduated series of five pinkish brown and brownish gray agate cameos, each sculpted in high relief. They depict profiles of various figures. … Continue reading

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Ann Getty’s Tiara

This is an important Cartier piece because its design is unique. Made in the 1930s, two posies of leaves, ribbons, and detachable flower heads are worn at each temple. The tiara is connected by a crescent of stones. On top … Continue reading

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Cartier and White Jade

This tortoise comb from Cartier was made c. 1920. The hinged tiara is a carved coral segment framed in pearls, decorated with 1.15 carats of old European-cut diamonds. It is signed Cartier, Paris, and numbered 0000 and 0288 (maker’s marks). … Continue reading

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This comb from the Tlingit tribe of the Pacific Northwest depicts the head, torso and forelegs of a bear. Human faces are carved within the bear’s ears, and a bear cub’s face peaks out between them. There is symmetry between … Continue reading

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Pink Topaz Tiara Comb

This comb tiara blazes with oval pink topazes connected to openwork gold, blue enamel and diamonds. It is part of a parure consisting of a necklace, earrings, and brooch. c. 1840.

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I bought this, too.

Will it ever end? No. I love Alexandre de Paris. I saw a rare piece on ebay. I know they are selling retail for 5 times what I paid for it. Bam. Where is my UPS package?

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Some Lovely Things

First up today is a 19th Century Portuguese tiara made of gold metal, sapphires, and baroque pearls, c. 1840. It sold for $1100. We continue with a French blonde tortoiseshell back comb, c. 1890. The center ornament is a blue … Continue reading

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