Crane Hair Pin

This a Japanese pin that has two white crane figures on it. They are placed on a wooden table with doilies in the background.
A crane hairpin from the Eldon House collection

Country of Origin: Japan
Year: ca. 1890s
Materials: Metal, silk, thread 

This is a decorative hair piece is made by twisting metal to create two cranes. Cranes are a very popular Japanese symbol, as they symbolize honour, good fortune, loyalty, and longevity. This hairpin was likely made to be worn decoratively and would not have been for practical use.