Candlelight's Magic - Antique Cut Steel Hair Pin
The cut steel industry blossomed in the 18th century. Both in England and France were major production centers. Initially exceedingly costly, prices eventually reduced thus making these items more available to the population who could now afford to bask in the metallic, glinting allure that these objects brought.
From hair pins propped into powdered wigs to a comb for the hair placed in cascades of ringed tresses, the multiplicity of hair styles called out for these glittering adornments. This particular example boasts a duo of small faceted cut steel beads and one with a large marquise shaped form. In the center, robin's egg blue cabochons of paste (glass) encircle the open design. In evening under candlelight or sunlight, this would have and still does look divine.
Measurements: 7-1/2 inches (19.8 cm) in length by 1-3/8 inches (3.4 cm) in width. Weight of 19.7 grams (12.7 dwt).
Origin: Possibly English.
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