In 1705, Edmund Halley (1642-17) published his finding that the comets appearing between and were in actuality a single comet in orbit. Halley's Comet was the only one that could be seen clearly by the naked eye. These two factors came into play when the comet reappeared in 1835, spurring Georgian jewelers to design magnificent comet-inspired pieces. The comet continued to be a popular motif in accessories to both wardrobes and to homes. It seems in keeping that the comet would eventually become a well-loved Victorian theme in early Christmas ornaments.
Our comet is made of tinsel and has an elongated mercury glass ball at its center. The ornament is 7 1/2" long and all original. And it is very beautiful and especially significant at Christmas time, when the heavens announced the birth of the Baby Jesus. Free USA Shipping