A collection of four unusual hair pins, part of German regional local fashion jewelry
CONDITION: the filigree reveal some signs of wear and use and the pins are set on one example
APPROXIMATE DATE: late 19th – early 20th century
These unusual ornaments were acquired as part of a batch in a German auction and it is likely that they are examples of German regional or regional jewellery.
It is difficult to date such products since they had the tendency to made in the same traditional designs for numerous years.
# 1, a matched pair of hair pins with detachable ends, probably for pinning on a cap or headdress. They have a ball shaped heading in blue glass and step 3 1/2 ins long (8 cms)
# 2 an antiqued silver tone filigree hair pin or sophisticated form, hollow with a fragile scroll design and applied silver balls. Steps 3 1/2 ins long (8 cms) ball determines 1 ins (2.5 cms)
# 3 much like # 2 and measures 3 1/2 ins long (8 cms) ball measures 1 ins (2.5 cms)
German local costume typically consisted of very sophisticated headpieces through highly embroidered caps with heavy metallic lace, or crown like headdresses covered with beads. Some kind of pin would have been essential in securing these to the hair so that they remained securely in place. In much the same way late Victorian and Edwardian ladies of the millenium duration made use of long hatpins to anchor their tremendous hats onto their well padded Gibson Lady hair dressings!
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