Portrait minitature on ivory "Friendship the Fountain of Love" c. 1860.
Aigrette headpiece with a diamond starburst in 14K, circa 1915. It is folded flat in this picture. The bottom of the tube holding the starburst allows the gold band to rotate. Came in its original box. Very rare.
Headpiece unfolded. Aigrette feathers are a deep mahogany color, possibly dyed as egrets are white.
FYI, the fashionable ladies almost caused the egret to go extinct. Aigrette plumes only occur during mating season and huge numbers of egrets were killed for their feathers. ;-(
Close-up of the starburst. Note the 3 diamonds on gold wires above the centerpiece. The starburst is also a pin and can be removed to wear separately.
Africana Ubangi 1946. Sterling with gold wash, moonstones, silver wings, enamel, rhinestones.
Reja enameled bird with pearl encrusted belly.
Attributed to Du Jay: Fabulous deco-look bird clip. Gold wash and sterling with pave rhinestones and enameled eye. This piece is in Harrice Miller's book 2nd edition pg 161.
Reja feather pin with large unfoiled amethyst glass stone.
Very frou frou pink and purple enameled bird with long purple tail made of some sort of soft fibers. Bird measures 6 1/2" from front of bird to end of tail. Signed Hattie Carnegie.
Elzac Eskimo twins.
Elzac Victim of Fashion with fur and feathers.
Elzac lucite and wood feather pin.
Ivory pin of a dove and flowers, marked Crystal Palace. The Great Exhibition of 1851 in London was conceived to symbolize the industrial, military and economic superiority of Great Britain, and was held in the Crystal Palace.
Blackamoor Centurian brooch with enamel face, coral beads and pave rhinestones and larger coral glass cab in his shield. Signed Nettie Rosenstein.
Superb carved wood feather pin which is amazingly lifelike. Bought at a crafts fair in the early 1990s.
Ballou earring clip (patented in the 1930s)
Ballou earring clip.