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Elisabethan's loves1176 of 5591Antique Chinese Kingfisher And Jade Hair Ornaments CollectionJoseph R.I. Nash emblem on reverse painted intaglio.
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    Posted 2 years ago

    Natashacbk
    (2 items)

    Okay, this Is an incredible find, as antique Korean hairpins are nearly impossible to find, much less in gold.. I knew it was an antique but, I had no idea it was gold. I removed some of the dirt just to get a basic idea of its condition. I will clean it thoroughly and repost new pics. Not sure of the actual gold content - it tested positive at 14k.
    It’s approx 7” and in fine condition.

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    1. maryh1956 maryh1956, 2 years ago
      beautiful details!
    2. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      The work in this is amazing. Look at the prongs holding the coral, and the delicate enameling, even the design around the shank. Wow.
      Natasha can I ask how you tell Korean pins from say Chinese or Japanese?
    3. Natashacbk Natashacbk, 2 years ago
      racer4four
      This is a typical Korean Hairpin. The Shape, how it's made. You can find modern versions, even in fine gold and gems BUT....an antique one of this quality is a rarity, for sure.

      Chinese, Japanese and Korean hair sticks will share similar design qualities within a finished product. I've been collecting these things for so long, I can tell right away.

      This hairpin was listed as a Chinese page turner - the guy had no idea what it really was. He even took it to an expert...lol He posted a terrible dark shadowy picture, that barely showed any of the fine details. I recognized it right away by its shape and I could see some of the enameling but, I had no idea that it was gold.

      I'm going to post some Japanese hair pieces and then you can see the variations.
    4. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      What a find!
      Don’t you love awful pics and wrong description in Eboo listings of pieces you collect? ;-)))

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