This is a hair pin made from laying kingfisher bird feathers on silver metal. The technique and the beautiful blue fluorescent feathers were highly prized and sought after in 19th century China. Kingfishers are tiny birds and it takes a lot of skill to use their feathers in this manner. The technique, called tian-tsui, means dotting with kingfishers and involves adhering the feathers onto metal. This technique disappeared during the Chinese Revolution in the 1940s.
It's a fabulous piece of history. Head size: 2" wide x 1 1/2" long, 3 1/2 with pin. The item "LARGE Qing Dynasty Kingfisher feather HairPin Chinese Tourmaline Tian-tsui" is in sale since Monday, September 28, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Other Chinese Antiques".
The seller is "pablosalon" and is located in Berkeley, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.