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18th Century Silver Filigree Poissarde Earrings


These stunning silver filigree and twisted wire earrings are made in a style known as poissarde, which translates from French as "fishwife". There are two possibly apocryphal explanations for this how this moniker came to be. The first is that they are named for the female fish sellers who allegedly wore them while selling their goods in the Paris market of Les Halles. The alternate explanation (more believable and less fun) is that they are named for the vaguely fish hook shape of the ear wires. These rare and lovely poissarde earrings date to the late 18th century.


  • Materials


  • Age

    c. 1780

  • Condition

    Very good - one of the stabilizing loops at the top of the ear wires is a replacement of the original

  • Size

    1 7/8" diameter, 7/8" at the widest point, 1/8" at the narrowest point





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.