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 appliques; formed as flowerheads and butterflies, mounted with coloured cabochons and other stones, 9.2cm max | Qing Dynasty | 4'000£ ~ sold (May '15)
. In the Ming Dynasty, these headdresses were worn by empresses and imperial concubines. In the Qing Dynasty, they were worn by civilian women during the wedding ceremony. Here are Eric’s three Kingfisher Phoenix Coronets from the Late Qing Dynasty.
China | Eleven gilt metal and Kingfisher feather hair ornaments; variously decorated with scrolling foliate designs, bats and butterflies and set with coloured stones, one depicting a standing figure | Qing Dynasty | 4'200£ ~ sold (May '15)
China | Seven gilt metal and Kingfisher feather hair ornaments; three formed as hairpins, decorated with flower designs and bats encircling a shou character, three as plaques, each with a crane in flight upon cloud scrolls, and a band with seven cranes amongst scrolling foliage | Qing Dynasty | 3'400£ ~ sold (May '15)