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Vintage hair comb Victorian amber colour Spanish style hair accessory

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A LATE VICTORIAN OR EDWARDIAN SPANISH STYLE COMB IN A BEAUTIFUL TRANSLUCENT AMBER WITH FANCY PIERCED HEADING.

This sale is for a very beautiful translucent amber hair comb dating from the late Victorian period.

CONDITION: good vintage condition.

SIZE: 5½ ins h x 4 ins w (14 x 10 cms)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s to 1910s

DESCRIPTION:

This fan shaped comb with its unusual jagged profile is typical of the ornaments worn in the late Victorian period. It is made in a beautiful translucent amber coloured celluloid. It has a large solid central panel surrounded by openwork panels with flowers and having open scrollwork in between.

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

The 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 1880s which shows a model wearing a similar very large hair comb with an attractive scalloped profile. It is thrust thrust into the high topknot so as to be visible from all angles.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

This hair accessory is made in celluloid faux amber. 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 comb Victorian amber colour Spanish style hair accessory

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Material: celluloid
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  • Ships worldwide from Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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