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AN UNUSUAL JAPANESE MADE kanzashi HAIR COMB IN FAUX TORTOISESHELL SHOWING ART DECO INFLUENCE

This sale is for an unusual comb made for the Japanese market but showing Western Art Deco influence.

SIZE: 4½ ins w x 2¼ ins h (10 x 6 cms)

CONDITION: signs of wear and use are to be expected on pre-owned items. Good vintage condition.

MATERIAL: celluloid and rhinestones,

DATE: most hair combs can only be approximately dated to within 10-30 years since they were often made in the same style for decades. This one probably dates from the period 1920 to 1930s.

DESCRIPTION:

This is a pretty hair comb styled as a back comb. Such ornaments are so called because they are curved to accommodate the back of the head where they are designed to be worn. Such combs are always broader than they are high and the heading provides scope for decoration. This one has an engraved design and is set with clear rhinestones.

Hair combs made for the Japanese market are often similar in basic form to Western ornaments but still have their own particular character. Hair accessories of this type were often worn with traditional Japanese hair styles and were stuck into the dressing so that the ornamental heading stood out proud.

The final picture shows an illustration of typical hair accessories in the Western style and is taken for a book on Japanese hairdressing.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

The ornament is made from an early celluloid substance, popularly known as French ivory, because it was invented to substitute for the much more expensive elephant ivory which was becoming rare and expensive by the early 20th century.

The opening of Japan to the West in 1868 created a new stimulus for the Japanese artist both in the influence of characteristics of Western art and in the demands of the Western market. Traditional aesthetics values were reinterpreted and preserved in the works of the great modern lacquer masters and traditional techniques were given new form in the creation of items more suited to the customs of the Western market.


Find vintage 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 a document resource with no merchandise for sale.

Hair comb Japanese kanzashi Art Deco period faux tortoise rhinestone trim hair accessory

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: celluloid, rhinestones
  • Feedback: 1369 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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