Date: 1890–1910
Materials: Tortoiseshell, egret feather, embroidered organdy, wire, silk ribbon
Credit: Gift of Mrs. William McKinney
Accession Number: 1958.125.58a
The term aigrette is derived from the French word for the bird known in English-speaking countries as the egret. The term identified the feather traditionally used to decorate this type of hairpin that was popular in the 1890s and early 1900s. The feathers and other ornaments would tremble with the wearer’s movement as she attended formal functions in high society.