Qing Dynasty kingfisher feather hairpin, made in the century. The blue parts of this hairpin are made out of kingfisher feathers.Kingfisher feathers were often used to decorate crowns and tiara's in the Qing Court.
China | Four gilt metal and Kingfisher feather hairpins; constructed with elaborate designs of foliage and flowers, bats and birds, decorated with coral and other hardstones, one with tassels of pearls, and three unmounted flowerheads | Qing Dynasty | 1'100£ ~ sold (May '15)
A BEJEWELED KINGFISHER FEATHER-EMBELLISHED HEADDRESS, CHAO GUAN. Qing Dynasty. The cap formed by black silk-covered wire and black silk mesh decorated with delicate spring-mounted motifs inlaid with kingfisher feathers, the front with a row of five gilt-metal phoenix inlaid with tourmalines, pearl, coral and turquoise tassels suspended from their beaks above two dragons confronted on a flaming pearl, all enhanced by pearls and further pink tourmaline