Late 19th Century Sri Lankan Silver & Gold Kondakoora Hairpin / Brooch
A hairpin dated around 1890s. It is set with sapphires, pink sapphires and clear stones known locally in Sri Lanka as Matara ‘diamonds’ (white zircons). Matara is a sea port on the south coast of Sri Lanka from where the stones come. These hair pins are known as kondakoora hairpins, each has an arrow-like end and a boteh-shaped finial. Such hairpins were worn by women in the ‘Low Country’ regions of Sri Lanka from the 18th through to the early 20th century.
Almost invariably, these are wrongly ascribed to India or Turkey and described as turban ornaments. Early photographs show Sri Lankan women wearing such pins in their hair. Later, the fashioned developed in Sri Lanka for the hairpins to be worn as brooches and so many, like this one, were fitted with long brooch pins on the reverse. It can also be worn to marvellous effect on one shoulder like an epaulette.
Product Code 249N
Date & Origin 1890s, Sri Lankan
Era Victorian (1837 - 1901)
Material Silver and Gold Gilt
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Late 19th Century Sri Lankan Silver & Gold Kondakoora Hairpin / Brooch
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We can include a gift messages too - please add to your order note or send us an email.
Oh and do not worry, your secret is safe with us! We have very discreet packaging on the outside – we also do not want the postman to know the box he is carrying contains jewellery!
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