An unusual German regional hair device piece in antiqued gold tone metal
CONDITION: good condition but could make use of a clean
SIZE: 4 1/4 ins long (10.5 cms) balls measure 1 ins (2.5 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: late 19th – early 20th century.
This unusual ornament was gotten as part of a batch in a German auction and it is most likely a product of German local or local jewellery.
It is hard to this day such items considering that they had the tendency to made in the same standard designs for numerous years.
The ornament makes up a long bar with hollow balls of antiqued silver tone metal at either end. The design of the filigree features florals and scroll work. One ball unscrews so that it can be removed, permitting the shaft of the ornament to be travelled through the hair or headdress.
German regional outfit commonly included very sophisticated headpieces in the kind of highly embroidered caps with heavy metallic lace, or crown like headdresses covered with beads. Examples of a few of these headdresses can be seen in the last illustration.
Some kind of pin would have been vital in securing these to the hair so that they stayed firmly in place. In much the same method late Victorian and Edwardian girls of the millenium duration used long hatpins to anchor their enormous hats onto their well padded Gibson Woman hair dressings!
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