This sale is for a very large and showy hair comb from the Art Deco period with multi rhinestone trim.
CONDITION: good vintage condition.
SIZE: 7¼ x 6 ins (19 x 15 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s to 1920s
This beautiful and large hair comb is made from translucent amber celluloid with multi rhinestone trim. Combs like these are often called Spanish combs after the beautiful ornaments worn by Spanish ladies with their native dress. Such ornaments 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 this type of decorative comb is shown in the accompanying photograph on the mannequin and in picture 5. This is taken from a contemporary
French fashion magazine which shows a sitter wearing a similar hair comb with fancy decoration. It is thrust into the high topknot so as to be visible from all angles.
This particular design whereby lines radiate out from the base of the heading like the spokes of a wheel is an iconic one of the period. Some people believe that the design represents the fascination with machinery which is a feature of the 1920s.
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