This sale is for a lot of two unusual single pronged hair combs or picks which were fashionable at the turn of the 20th century.
CONDITION: signs of use and wear are to be expected on pre-owned items; very good condition.
SIZE: 2 x 7 ins and 1 x 5½ ins (5 x 18 cms and 2.5 x 14 cms)
DATE: 1890s to 1910s
At this period the hair was worn in a high topknot which was often pierced by single prong ornaments, sometimes representing swords and daggers. These leaf shaped accessories with a bit of fancy openwork at the top are typical of the period and are made in celluloid faux tortoiseshell.
Combs like this were worn in a characteristic manner, being placed such a way that the tall heading stood up proud. This enabled them to be viewed from all angles and for the details to be seen effectively outlined against the light.
This manner of wearing the decorative comb is shown in the accompanying photograph on the mannequin and in picture 5. This is taken from a contemporary photograph of the 1890s and shows a group of three pretty young American ladies wearing the distinctive puffy sleeves of circa 1895. They all have their hair dressed in a high top knot which is pierced by a single pronged ornament of very similar design.
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