Category Archives: Chinese Hair Comb

Chinese Gold Jewelry

To elaborate on the development of Chinese gold jewelry, I had to take an archaeological journey from the Shang Dynasty (1766 – 1122 B.C.) to the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911 A.D.). Looking at ancient maps, China started out small. Amid tribal wars, power struggles and consolidation made boundaries fluid. Ideas were exchanged. Through collision…Continue Reading

Gina Hellweger: Manchu Hair Pins

The Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912) was the last dynasty before the Republic of China. The conquerors came from Manju, or Manchuria, now known as the Northeast provinces. The Manchu people adopted Han Chinese cultural traditions, which can be seen in their Imperial hair ornaments. Kingfisher feathers from the Han are combined with coral, jade,…Continue Reading

Ebay: Kingfisher Hair Pin and Margot de Taxco Mexican Hair Comb

This stunning Manchu hair pin with every kingfisher feather in place, superb-quality jade, and coral branches sold for $800 on E-bay, October 28, 2011. The pin was in perfect condition. Look at the back: the intricacy of how each stone and feathered piece is set, as well as long tines, seal the deal. Also on…Continue Reading

Frenzy on Ebay: Chinese Kingfisher Comb and Tiara

These Manchu pieces sold at 515 and 641 UKP, with 35 and 26 bids, respectively. Look at the complexity of these designs! They have rubies, yellow and green jade, coral, pearls, kingfisher feathers, and correct backing to solidify them as original royal ornaments. कंघी For more scholarly research, please examine Catalogue of Old Manchu Jewelry,…Continue Reading

The Creative Museum: Chinese Butterfly Ivory Comb

The Creative Museum photographed an ivory comb I sold to them and found a ghost spirit I never knew was there. Metamorphosis. Art Nouveau’s icon emerged from its chrysalis. I’m speechless. As I was looking at real butterflies, the black lines in between sections of their orange wings reminded me of leaded glass lamps. Dare…Continue Reading

Ebay Auction: Lovely Manchu Hair Ornament

A beautiful Manchu piece sold on July 31 for $421.67. Deep blue kingfisher feathers were offset by coral, pearl, and floral decorations. A pin or chain could be put through the rings on top. Congratulations to the winner. कंघी For more scholarly research, please examine Jewelry and Accessories of the Royal Consorts of Qing Dynasty…Continue Reading