Aigrette

1890–1910 Date:
Tortoiseshell, egret feather, embroidered organdy, wire, silk ribbon Materials
Gift of Mrs. William McKinney Credit
1958.125.58a Accession number
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.
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