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Vintage hair comb 2 Victorian or Edwardian French ivory hair accessories (AE)

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A MATCHED PAIR OF LATE VICTORIAN OR EDWARDIAN FRENCH IVORY SIDE OR BACK COMBS

This sale is for a matched pair of French ivory or Ivorene side or backcombs

CONDITION: good vintage condition

SIZE: 2 x 4 ins (5 x 10 cms)

DATE: 1890s to 1910s

DESCRIPTION:

Combs like this were commonly known as back combs because they are designed to be worn at the rear of the head. Typically they are broader than they are high and deeply curved to fit around the back of the dressing. They were worn to support the so called Gibson Girl hairdressing which was popular around the turn of the 20th century.

Combs of this kind served both a useful and an ornamental purpose. They kept the hair in place and light also be decorated along the top of the heading. Combs of this type which have a minimum of ornamentation may well have belonged to al older woman, or one of more conservative tastes who did not care to be in the van of fashion.

The final picture is taken from a contemporary photograph of the 1900s and shows how back combs like this served to support the hairdressing as well as for ornamentation. They were often worn in sets.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

This hair accessory is made in a substance called French Ivory or sometimes Ivorene. It came into fashion in the early 20th century as a substitute for genuine elephant ivory.

Perhaps the earliest reference to the term French ivory was the importation into the USA in 1913 of ivory coloured cellulose nitrate articles manufactured by a company called the French Ivory Products Ltd, Toronto, Canada. Other American companies (e.g. J.B. Ash Co., Rockford, Illinois) seem to have adopted this trademark, and it is now taken as a generic term for ivory coloured celluloid. Besides the plain cream coloured celluloid there is a grained or striped version, often called zebra.


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 2 Victorian or Edwardian French ivory hair accessories (AE)

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Material: French ivory
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  • Ships worldwide from Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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