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Guangxu period (1875-1908), Qing dynasty Gilt bronze, pearl, glass bead, and kingfisher feather Length: 11 cm, width: 6 cm A mantis, a katydid, and a wasp made of glass beads are lying side by side on a gilt bronze leaf inlaid with kingfisher's feathers. The Qing imperial ladies changed headdresses as the seasons alternated and on annual festivals. The design of autumn insects on this hairpin suggests it a hair ornament for the autumn equinox (qiu fen).
Princess Margaret’s amazing tiara, which wasn’t a royal heirloom and was bought specifically for the Princess just before her wedding. It’s known as the Poltimore tiara as it was made in 1870 by Garrards for Lady Poltimore.