Fabulous large antique French paste stones line the silver bar tiara, each one is 7mm, so it looks like a long row of 1 ct diamonds. They're that sparkling, which is what the old French paste stones are known for - mimic of diamonds. The perfectly preserved 19th century ornamental hair comb or tiara is nearly 5" long, a hinged mount to tortoise shell comb allows for a variety of ways to use it - chignon, or crown. Full measurements noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition throughout, without a single bug bite or nip, no loss to the tines of the fine 19th century hand carved tortoise shell. The mount appears to be silver, and is heavy. It's a basin into which the 7mm paste 'diamonds' are set, so no loss to those and a brilliant light throughout. Hinge is working fine, no damage there, either. I'd date this one to Napoleon III era, c.1850-70s, and from my own longtime collections being disbursed at this time.
IMPORTANT NOTE regarding antique tortoise shell or ivory: We are great supporters of protection for endangered species in our modern world. We never buy or sell anything 100 years or newer; we donate to anti-poaching organizations; we don't hunt; we conserve in ways that impact global warming (we're totally solar at home), knowing those measures also protect the animals in the wild today. We also recognize the vast cultural history we preserve with our care and reverence for these antique objects, and agree with CITES that objects over 100 years of age have nothing whatsoever to do with species depletion in our current world.
Our offering exceeds the age limitation of "more than 100 years of age", and is well within the exemption for CITES regulation. If imported, met the CITES regulation. This item will be handled and shipped from our Utah business, and is not available for shipment internationally, nor within the USA to California, NY, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington if it contains ivory, sorry. Please see our small print for more details.
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