Qing Dynasty kingfisher feather hairpin Made in the 19th century... The blue parts of this hairpin are made out of kingisher feathers. Kingfisher feathers were often used to decorate crowns and tiaras in the Qing court.
China | Collection of gilt metal and Kingfisher feather hairpins and earpick-hairpins; variously formed as flowers and foliage, bats, birds and shou characters, decorated with pearls and coloured stones | Qing Dynasty | 1'700£ ~ sold (May '15)
China | Collection of gilt metal and Kingfisher feather hairpins; variously formed as insects, bats, birds, flowers and shou characters, some decorated with small pearls and coloured stones, 17.5cm max | Qing Dynasty | 2'600£ ~ sold (May '15)
China | Seven pairs of gilt metal and Kingfisher feather earrings; variously formed as fish, dragons, foliate arrangements and insects, decorated with pearls, coral, jadeite and other stones, one pair mounted with amber butterfly plaques, together with a single model of a grasshopper perched on a jardinière of flowers, 9 cm max. | Qing Dynasty | 2'600£ ~ sold (May '15)