Ca. 1855. Tiara of oak-leaves and acorns. Silver and gold, open-back, set with diamonds and convertible to a brooch or combs. Case labelled Hunt & Roskell, New Bond Street. Holds 2 tortoise-shell combs and gold frames for the tiara and brooch. The jewelled elements are interchangeable between the combs, the brooch-frame and tiara.
One of the prettiest of Queen Elizabeth''s (QEQM) tiaras, which she has now given to Princess Margaret, was Egyptian in inspiration, arranged as a band of stylized lotus flowers and overreaching arches, with the graduated pinnacles surmounted by a single pearl.
Ephemeral Elegance: Diamond and Carved Emerald Tiara, ca. Century Though difficult to see, the emerald carvings depicts the Madonna and Child on the front and the Annunciation on the reverse via Sothebys