Very scarce, seldom found available, this one of three feather inlaid hairpins comes from a lifetime collection. Hair accessories such as this were created for and worn by the ladies from wealthy families. The inlaid kingfisher feather hair pins all had a high degree of craftsmanship and the style have a high standard of quality.. “The hair, anyway of the young and unmarried, was worn in a straight, heavy fringe, over the forehead, parted in the centre and hung down the back in a plait, or coiled over either ear. In these coils were worn jeweled pins and ornaments of kingfisher feathers, the intrinsic value varying according to wealth and position.” (NETZ reference)
People first used copper/gilt metal to create a base of the hairpin. Then they placed the feather onto the surface. All those feathers were inlaid firmly. However, after so many years, there must be some losses. This intricate piece is beautifully formed featuring a winged design with moving antennae accented with glass beads. It is in very good condition with some losses as pictured. The majority of the feathers are still in place, really unbelievable for such rare, delicate and beautiful work. The length is approximately 3” or 3.5" with the antennae.
Shipping and Insurance is included within the Continental United States to make it hassle free for you to purchase this exquisite kingfisher feather inlaid antique hair accessory. Serving you for over 30 years, we work hard to find unique antiques and heirlooms at reasonable prices. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us! This is one of 3 feather inlaid hair pins we are offering.
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