A fine Regency or early Victorian gilded metal tiara with faceted crystals
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 1½ ins h x 7 ins w (4 x 18 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1820s – 1830s
MATERIALS: fire gilded brass, crystals
This is a lovely late Georgian or Regency period tiara comb in filigree made from fire gilded brass. It is in excellent condition with no missing stones. This lovely headdress is ready for wearing by a re-enactor or adding to a collection of regency ornaments.
It would also make a lovely headdress for a bride in a vintage style gown.
The tiara part comprises a curved band next to the hair which is decorated with the usual engraved floral design. Set above this is an openwork gallery with large openwork flower motifs which diminish in size towards the extremities. The petals of the flowers and the leaf motifs between are adorned with prong set faceted crystals
Tiara mounts such as this, also called frontlets, were often purchased as part of a set which may contain a number of frontlets in different materials. The final picture is a compilation of some of the various illustrations wearing similar head ornaments and taken from paintings of the same period.
A form of hair comb which appeared in the early 19th century was what we now call a tiara comb. This is an ornament in which the teeth or prongs are set at a 90 degree angle to the decorative heading. When the object is worn the backwards projecting teeth are concealed beneath the front hair, and the upstanding front piece gives the appearance of a tiara proper.
In France, where most of these decorative tiara combs were produced, it was possible to secure matching sets. The ornamental headings, which were called frontlets, were secured to a detachable set of teeth by a small clip or screw fitting at either end or in the centre. A set might therefore contain a set of plain brass teeth, and two or three frontlets in different materials which could be changed to suit the occasion.
Faux pearls, coral and various collared semi precious gemstones or pastes were the favourite modes of decoration. The frontlets were made in a fairly limited range of openwork patterns, such as florals, feathers, scrollwork or clusters of grapes, with the decorative stones placed to accentuate the design. Other classic type designs such as the Greek key or fret pattern and laurel wreath designs were also popular. These frontlets were often finished off along the top edge with a series of upstanding pins, each of which accommodated a faceted bead or jewel.
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Regency fire gilt metal tiara faceted crystal bridal headdress
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