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Antique Qing Dynasty Tian-Tsui (點翠) Hair Pin - Extra Large
Known as 點翠 / 点翠 to the Chinese, Tian-Tsui translates to "dotting with kingfishers". Its a traditional practice in which tiny kingfisher feathers were cut to size and incorporated into sterling silver and silver gilt jewelry to create a dazzling fluorescent blue finish. The technique was lost with the Chinese cultural revolution in the 1940's.
These are hair pins made by hand in the early 20th century - approximately 1910's and 1920's. Each is individual and unique.
Tian-tsui is made from silver base metal with gold plating and feather accents. The hair pins often reflect floral and insect motifs. In some cases they have granulation, springs, or glass beads as decor, this one includes a glass bead centerpiece and has feathering that is about 95% intact.
Artifacts & Antiques since 1964
Before he started manufacturing jewelry Shashi focused predominantly on importing. He made a living by searching the world over for antiquities. Our collections include 4000 year old mummy beads (shown), tian-tsui, enamel, articulating fish and more. It's a sizable assortment of artifacts & antiques. Learn more.
Made by Hand
Every piece in our collection is an original work of art. Each antique was once handmade by a master; shaped, detailed and embellished using age-old techniques as have goldsmiths and lapidaries throughout history.