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Vintage hair combs matched pair silvertone metal black enamel hair combs

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This sale is for pretty matched pair of combs in silvertone metalwork set in a traditional design.

CONDITION: good vintage condition

SIZE: 6½ ins h x 3 ins w (16.5 x 7.5 cms)

APPROXIMATE DATE: early 20th century.


Here we have a pretty matched pair of Edwardian silvertone metal hair combs. Each ornament is shaped as a filigree leaf spray with five lobes and shows some Art Nouveau influence in this respect. Art Nouveau was an important art movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries characterised by the use of plant and flower elements to produce a naturalistic effect. Here the leaf motifs are accentuated with black enamel.


At the turn of the 20th century hair ornaments tend to be small, light and more delicate, in tune with the simpler hairstyles which were in fashion at the close of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. The hair was often gathered up onto the crown of the head and worn in a simple knot, ornamented with a small comb or hairpin.

This kind of dressing is shown in picture 5 which illistrates an American lady who proudly wears a hair comb shaped like a leaf. This is taken from a contemporary Victorian photograph of the 1890s. Her comb is thrust into the high topknot so as to be visible from all angles.

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Vintage hair combs matched pair silvertone metal black enamel hair combs


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Material: silvertone metal
  • Ships worldwide from Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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