For a Lifetime: Victorian Diamond Hair Comb
A marvelous double prong comb of natural tortoise shell unfolds its hues of golden honey and warm amber in a demonstration of the beauty of natural material. An arched tiara form of silver-topped 14k rose gold is set with one hundred forty-nine (149) old mine cut diamonds with a total estimated diamond weight of 3 carats in an alternating frill of glitter and shine. A curve of square set diamonds is the foundation for a series of motifs similar to the suites in a deck of playing cards with clubs spades and lozenge shapes dominating. The piece is a fine example of typical Victorian 19th century construction with its substantial and weighty metal work and employment of clusters of old mine cut diamonds placed in silver over gold.
Date: Circa 1880.
Measurements: 4-3/4 inches (12.1 cm) in total length. Diamond area is 3-3/8 of an inch (8.5 cm) in length by 3/4 inches (1.9 cm) in width. Weight of 29.5 grams (19.0 dwt).
Condition: Excellent to mint. One comb prong slightly more arched than the other (see side photograph).
Note: Diamonds have not been removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting. All diamond weights have been approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual weights.
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