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Hair comb, vintage Anglo Indian repousee brass hair accessory

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This sale is for a fine repousee brass Anglo Indian hair comb made as an aigrette.

SIZE AND CONDITION: 7¼ x 5 ins (18 X 13 cms)

CONDITION: good vintage condition;

This unusual comb has a high wedge shaped heading made in repousee brass. It can be seen from all angles like an aigrette. An aigrette is an upstanding type of hair ornament, often with additional feathers, and usually worn in the evening. The ornament gave the wearer both dignity and height.

The final picture is taken from a contemporary Victorian cabinet photo and shows how large combs like these were worn so as to be visible from every angle. The pictures on the mannequin show a typical late 19th century hairdressing where the comb is placed to show the effect.


The style is what we now call Anglo Indian because it was probably made in the Indian sub continent in the late 19th or early 20th century for the European market.

With India as part of the British Empire, the interaction of the Indian population with their British rulers led to an art form, which was a mixture of styles. In the 1870s Queen Victoria became Empress of India and this led to an influx into Europe of ornaments made in India for the Western market. Objects produced under the Anglo Indian influence were not the kind which the indigenous population themselves would have used. Nevertheless they showed elements of what was considered an Indian style, carefully adapted to suit European tastes.

You will find a list of my downloadable pdf articles on hair accessories of all periods here:-

This list includes articles on Victorian combs and their history.

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Hair comb, vintage Anglo Indian repousee brass hair accessory


  • Vintage item
  • Material: brass
  • Ships worldwide from Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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