From the mid to late 1800's, each piece of this matched pair of antique Chinese Kingfisher Feather ornaments are 5 inches across. Some small bits of thread still cling to the original metal loops which would have been used to sew these ornaments to an article of clothing. The earliest of kingfisher ornaments were made of using a hollow papier mache form and covered with a cardboard/paper at the back. These pieces typically used large fully feathered spaces in the design. Later metal mounts were used, at first, also using designs with large fully feathered space. The kingfisher is actually a small bird and only a few parts of the body have the "kingfisher blue" colored feathers. As the birds (and the feathers) became more scarce, the jewelry's metal craft came into the play. The design form evolved into ornate small bits and shapes and for the wealthier clientele these pieces were enhanced with pieces of jade, coral and other stones.
Each piece is 5 inches from side to side.