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This sale is for a beautiful faux tortoiseshell late Victorian hair comb.
CONDITION: signs of use and wear are to be expected on pre-owned items; very good condition.
SIZE: 6 ins h x 4½ ins w (15 x 11 cms)
DATE: 1880s – 1910s
The style of comb is generally know as a Spanish comb from its resemblance to the beautiful ornaments which ladies of that country wear with their native dress. It is made in celluloid which is an early form of plastic now considered very collectible. Celluloid was invented in the mid 19th century but is generally associated with the Art Deco period of the early 20th century.
The design of this comb in which spoke like lines radiate outwards from the base of the heading in a fan shape is an iconic one of the early 20th century. In this case the lines are solid panels of mottled faux tortoiseshell which alternate with others of open scrollwork.
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 Victorian photograph of the 1880s showing a beautiful young sitter with a similar upstanding hair comb.
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