3 Chinese Qing 19thc. Silver Insect Hair Pin Ornaments

This is a trio of 19th century Qing dynasty period Chinese hair pins made from gilded high grade silver. Each hair pin is marked on the back with Chinese characters. The metal tests positive for high silver content of almost pure silver. Each of these pins original had iridescent blue kingfisher bird feather inlaid, but most is now gone. Each pin also has a different insect perched on it. The largest one is 2.75" x2" and weighs 4.2 grams and has a spider with a red glass stone set on the body. The 2 smaller ones are 2.25 x 1.125" and weigh 2.6 gr ( with butterfly) and 2" x 1.125" we ighing1.9 gr (with cricket).

Condition: considerable loss to feather inlay. Expected patina and irregularities to pin prongs from use.

These elegant hair accessories were a must have addition to the coiffure of aristocratic Chinese ladies in the 1800s. Each one is slightly differently, and several could be worn at once. I have a small collection of them that I am offering in other listings.

Item ID: Jly14chp714

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