A pretty pair of Japanese kanzashi style hair pins in celluloid with floral design
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 7 ins h x 2 ins w (18 x 5 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1970s – 1980s
MATERIAL: celluloid (a collectible form of early plastic), metal and rhinestones
This is a beautiful vintage Japanese hairpin set of the type called “kanzashi.” This is a kind of umbrella term used for a number of different types of hair accessory which are distinct from combs or “kushi”. Typically kanzashi have a long shaft with some kind of ornamental heading.
The ornaments were originally part of a bridal set which would have included another two hairpins similar in design as well as other ornaments. They were usually stuck into the coiffure in such a way that the ornamental heading stood out proud from the hairdressing by several inches.
They are made of white celluloid and silver tone metal and take the form of a floral spray with leaves and flowers in silvertone metal. The silvertone flowers each hve a clear rhinestone set into the centre and some are decorated with red enamel
This lovely hairpin set was built up in a three dimensional manner as shown in the illustrations. The final picture shows an apprentice geisha who is wearing ornaments of a similar character in her traditional coiffure.
The final illustration shows a selection of sitters wearing similar ornaments and is taken from a collection of contemporary sources of Japanese formal hair dressing
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