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    Posted 3 years ago

    Elisabethan
    (215 items)

    When I first saw these hairpins in a photo I thought the blue was enamel. I didn´t know anything about them and the seller thought it was enamel. But I was inlove and bought them with out knowing what it was.

    Later I have found out these are chinese Kingfisher feather (!) hairpins, probably Qing Dynasty but from late 18th to early 19th century. It looks like gilt metal, could be silver under it. The flowears are about 6,2 cm wide (about 2.4 inches ?).

    Here are some more for inspiration:
    http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/rpr/index.php/object-biography-index/1-prmcollection/290-chinese-hairpins/

    I can not find a suitable category.

    http://www.busaccagallery.com/gallery_view.php?id=4363&page=photo

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Elisabeth! I adore these! They are in pretty good condition :-)
    2. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Chinese name for this work is Tian Tsui,
      interesting reading about it on Wikipedia:

      Tian-tsui - Wikipedia
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tian-tsui
    3. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/rpr/index.php/object-biography-index/1-prmcollection/290-chinese-hairpins/
      http://www.busaccagallery.com/gallery_view.php?id=4363&page=photo
    4. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Your first link above is very interesting! Thanks for sharing :-)
    5. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 years ago
      These are just lovely. I've never seen anything like them.
    6. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou very much kyratango! When I posted the links I had not yet seen your answer. Great information thankyou! I'm sorry for the birds, but one can't deny the beauty and craftmanship of these pieces.
      I'm happy I bought them. Don't think I will easily find more of these here.
    7. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou Efesgirl, neither had I :)
    8. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Yes kyratango, I think the condition is pretty good concidering age, travel and being very delicate. Just need to figure out how to store them now.
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou for love kyratango, vetraio, Efesgirl, jscott and fleafinder!!
    10. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou for love sklo42, pops52, Belltown, martika!
    11. martika martika, 3 years ago
      Love these!!! They are stunning!!!
    12. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou very much martika!
    13. lentilka11, 3 years ago
      Amazing! I felt in love with them.
    14. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou lentika :) then we are two.
    15. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou for love mikelv85 and lentilka for love!!
    16. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      So beautiful! Why doesn't a Kingfisher's brilliant blue feather get the same protection as an elephant's tusk?
    17. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou Valentino. I don't know but I found information about Kingfisher birds on Wiki that said that a number of species are considered threatened by human activities and are in danger of extinction. But they don't mention the use of feathers as a factor but "habitat loss caused by forest clearance or degradation and in some cases by introduced species." And in Kyratangos link you can read that "Kingfisher art as a high art form came to an end during the Chinese Revolution in the 1940s." Maybe that has got something to do with it. But I agree with you if they are still used.
    18. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou Caperkid, aura and Valentino for love!
    19. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Elisabeth - great research of Kingfishers. It would be very difficult to collect many feathers without killing the birds. It could be possible that the birds were raised in captivity and feathers plucked. I hope that is true. Your hairpins are so beautiful!



    20. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      These are very beautiful Elizabeth!!!!
    21. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou TassieDevil, that's nice to hear.
    22. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 3 years ago
      I Love these Elisabethan.
    23. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou peasejean for your nice coment and "love". Elisabeth
    24. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou PhilDMorris, ho2cultcha, NevadaBlades, Sean68 and LovelyPat!
    25. inky inky, 3 years ago
      Can't deny the beauty of these and I would have bought them too..but! also sad..that eridescence on the feathers is amazing up close, I know!.. I have had a Kingfisher in my hand..we had 10 sitting on our fence post last week...an amazing sight!...:-)
    26. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Inky I agree.
    27. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 1 year ago
      Yes I agree Zaza, it is so intense :) thanks for loving this post. Thanks also to Raven.

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