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Georgian Halley's Comet Brooch
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A souvenir from the 1835 appearance of Halley's Comet, a "short-period" (i.e., frequently recurring) comet whose appearances have been recorded by humans since 240 BCE. It was the British astronomer Edmund Halley who gave the comet its name in 1705, when he realized it was the same celestial entity whose passage had been noted by the ancient Greeks, Babylonians, and, most famously, the medieval English, who took its 1066 appearance as an omen of political strife. (Their king, Harold II, was murdered in battle by William the Conqueror later that year.) This comet is set with a bright cushion cut paste with a tail rendered in gold.

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  • Materials

    10k gold (tests), steel, paste

  • Age

    c. 1835

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1 1/4"

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17141837

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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

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