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This sale is for a beautiful faux mother of pearl Spanish style mantilla hair comb.
SIZE: 9 ins h x 7½ ins w (23 x 19 cms) height above prongs 5½ ins (14 cms)
CONDITION: new/old stock never been worn.
DATE: probably late 1970s or 1980s.
This is a large and pretty lightweight mantilla style comb made from sturdy acrylic. It is easy to wear would be suitable for pageants, dress up and Spanish type dance.
These combs make excellent accessories for weddings, pageants, re-enactments or fancy dress. Smaller versions are also suitable for various forms of Spanish dance such as Flamenco or Salsa.
This comb is suitable for those who would like an exaggerated effect to the mantilla veil.
This comb is of the type known as a Spanish or mantilla comb because it resembles the traditional tortoiseshell ornaments worn by Spanish ladies with their native dress. In this tradition a beautiful lace scarf, white for unmarried women and black for married, was draped over a high comb which was made of beautifully carved tortoiseshell.
The mantilla is a traditional Spanish garment, which has a special significance in Andalusia. In Holy Week it became a tradition that ladies dressed in black clothes, wearing a tortoiseshell Peinita and a black lace mantilla. These clothes were worn for visiting churches and for processions.
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