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This sale is for a beautiful Anglo Indian Pale gold tone hair comb with the motif of a peacock tail.
This comb is a traditional design and I have several other versions available:-
#1) Plain silvertone
#2) Silvertone with clear rhinestone trim
#3) Silvertone with marcasite trim
This version is in plain engraved silvertone metal without trim.
SIZE AND CONDITION: 5¾ x 3¾ ins; good condition
MATERIALS: gold tone metal.
The openwork fan shape of this comb clearly represents the spreading tail of the male peacock. The peacock is the national bird of India.
In the 1870s Queen Victoria became Empress of India and this led to an influx into Europe of ornaments made in India for the Western market.
The interaction of the Indian population with their British rulers led to an art form which was a mixture of styles, one which we now call Anglo-Indian. This is because the object produced under this influence were not the kind which the indigenous population themselves would have used. Nevertheless they showed elements of what was considered an Indian style, carefully adapted to suit European tastes.
We find these imported ornaments in a wide variety of materials and styles, such as metal filigree, granulation, and gilt metal repousee sometimes set with coloured stones. They are an interesting example of an era, and of how personal adornment was influenced by travel to other lands and cultures.
You will find a list of my downloadable pdf articles on hair accessories of all periods here:-
This list includes two articles on Spanish mantilla combs and their history.
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