Breakfast at Tiffany's - Tiara in Box
Tiaras, combs and other forms of head ornaments were wildly popular during the last part of the 19th and early years of the 20th century. This example is characteristic of Edwardian period and the upper class or “high society” dames and damsels.
Designed in the favored naturalistic form of a floral spray, silver topped gold unites with white pastes to create a tiara hair comb. Ingeniously hinged onto a comb of natural tortoise shell, the head ornament has the versatility to be worn as a tiara or as a hair comb.
Rising high, sprays of botanical profiles and outlines are set with clear white pastes and are punctuated with seven briolette paste dangles which add to the delicacy and femininity of the piece. On each side are small loops through which elastic may be threaded to secure the ornament when worn as a tiara.
Perfection for a bride or just as soignée accessory for gazing into jewelry shop display windows at 6 in the morning.
Measurements: Tiara piece has a length of 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) in width. Comb itself is 3-1/4 inches (8.2 cm) in total length by a width ranging from 2-5/16 inches (5.9 cm) at the widest to 1-3/8 inches (3.5 cm). Weight of 43.2 grams (27.7 dwt) not including case.
Condition: Very good; two pastes replaced; small repair to back of one metal piece. Original box is intact and closes securely; leather is worn on top of box, some interior dark marks, silk is worn at the hinge and overall wear commensurate with age and use.
Date: Circa 1900.