This is a 19th century Qing dynasty period Chinese carved jade hair pin in low grade coin silver setting. The jade stone is variegated pale green and is carved to resemble a lady's hand holding a lotus blossom. There are no markings. The metal tests positive for silver content but of a lower grade equivalent to approximately 800 - 900 silver.
This hair pin weighs 5.9gr. It measures a total length of 4.375". The jade portion is .875" long by about .375" across.
Condition is good with expected patina and irregularities in the pin prong from use. There is a natural line in the stone along one side, but not a crack. There is some old glue residue at the base of the stone.
This elegant hair accessory was a must have addition to the coiffure of aristocratic Chinese ladies in the 1800s. Each one is carved slightly differently, and several could be worn at once. I have a small collection of them that I will be be offering individually.
Item ID: Ma14hplh514
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