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Vintage hair combs 2 gilt metal Victorian or Edwardian rhinestone hair accessories

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A PRETTY LATE VICTORIAN OR EDWARDIAN FAUX TORTOISESHELL MANTILLA STYLE HAIR COMB WITH BLUE AND GREEN RHINESTONE TRIM

This sale is for a beautiful mantilla style comb from the late Victorian period

CONDITION: good vintage condition with no missing stones.

SIZE: 5 x 2¼ ins (13 x 6 cms)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s to 1900s

DESCRIPTION:

This tall mantilla styled comb with its high heading design is typical of the genre of the turn of the twentieth century. It is made in a dark faux tortoiseshell effect with a scalloped top profile. A comblex and organix design which reveals Art Nouveau influence is etched into the heading. The lines of the engraving are infilled with white pigment to emphasize the lively sense of movement. The design is further embellished with blue and green rhinestones.

Combs like these are often called Spanish combs after the beautiful ornaments worn by Spanish ladies with their native dress.

This manner of wearing this type of decorative comb is shown in the accompanying photograph in picture 5. This is taken from a contemporary Victorian photograph of the 1890s. It shows a model proudly wearing a similar wedge shaped hair comb thrust into the high topknot so as to be visible from all angles.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

This hair accessory is made in celluloid faux tortoiseshell. By this period genuine materials like tortoiseshell, ivory and amber had become very expensive. Therefore many of the hair ornaments which appear to be made of such materials are, in fact, made from synthetics. Some of them are very convincing and difficult to distinguish from the genuine material, and are skilfully treated to imitate the colouring and texture.


Find vintage jewelry and exotic fabrics in our other shop:-

http://www.etsy.com/shop/DragonsLairVintage

FURTHER DOWNLOADABLE INFORMATION ON VINTAGE HAIR COMBS, HAIRDRESSING AND COSTUME CAN BE FOUND IN MY ARCHIVE HERE:-

http://www.haircomb.co.uk/Haircombs.html


PLEASE NOTE: This link is “Etsy legal” and leads only to an archive with no merchandise for sale.

Vintage hair combs 2 gilt metal Victorian or Edwardian rhinestone hair accessories

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: celluloid faux tortoiseshell, rhinestones
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  • Ships worldwide from Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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