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From The British Museum's Hull-Grundy Collection, this two-color gold comb was made around 1830 in Britain. The comb is designed in the form of a leafy branch upon which is perched a bird with a ruby eye. She carries a ring in her beak and is mounted on a trembler spring to give her movement.
The twig, at the central crest is set with a diamond, an emerald, an amethyst, a ruby, an emerald, a sapphire and a turquoise, which, as we know, in the language of jewels spells "DEAREST." Gold foliage and turquoise-set forget-me-nots adorn the rest of the branch.
This is one in a collection of bird-themed romantic jewelry amassed by the Hull-Grundy family, itself a part of a fantastic parure.