Kingfisher Feather En Tremblant Hair Pin

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This is such a fantastic piece of antique kingfisher feather ornamentation. Amazing! This piece shows a chrysanthemum above a moth type of creature who has two crazy springy antennae and a cat-like tail! Don't tell the other pieces in the shop, but this one is definitely my favorite. The springs each terminate with a mercury glass bead and a red seed bead

It has a small amount of feather loss and some feather fraying as shown in photos. The adornment is adhered to the pin with several loops of metal, I'm not sure when this happened or to what end, but you'll want to use this delicate piece for display purposes.

2.15" x 1.5" (5.4x4cm)
Length of tremblers: 1.3" (3.4cm)
Pin length: 2" (5cm)

Tian-tsui means “dotting with kingfishers." This type of jewelry employs a cloisonné type of technique, they would create the outline in metal and then cut these tiny iridescent feathers and set them in the outlines made with the metal. This delicate, time-consuming process meant that this type of jewelry was generally only made for the ultra-elite, and rarely for export. These were made up until the 1940s when kingfishers nearly went extinct.

These will be secured to the bottom of a small box so the surfaces with the feathers do not touch anything. This box will be wrapped with lots of bubble wrap and set inside a bigger box so that no movement will occur during transport.

JM. 082421.002.EnTremblant