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Silver butterfly brooch with blue, red, purple and green inlaid feathers.
Brooches with inlaid feather decorations are less-expensive versions of the headdresses and other jewels decorated with kingfisher feathers made for Chinese nobility during the Ming and Qing dynasties. By the 20th century the popularity of jewelry made from feathers helped to deplete the Chinese kingfisher population.
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
7/8 in x 3/8 in (HxW) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation