Laura3109 on Apr 25, 2017
I love everything I bought. Thanks!
Kari on Apr 18, 2017
Beautiful !!! 😍 Always combs in wonderful condition for age, GREAT wrapping for safe travels & seller a pleasure to purchase from. Thank you SO MUCH Norma, I will enjoy & care for these beauties as my many others !!! 💗🙏🏼😊
Motodraconis on Apr 17, 2017
Perfect! I've added a (non-permanent) comb so it can be worn as it was designed.
Hair Combs, Hair Combs and More Hair Combs.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN.
I owe my love of antiques and vintage to the influence of my dearly loved grandmother, Lady Elizabeth Knowles-Lyons. This much travelled lady was born in the 1870s and lived to be 96.
She had an interesting life!
Grandpa was a cultural attaché in the diplomatic service. The couple were based at various embassies in the then British Empire and later in the Middle East.
They returned to the UK with a ship load of furniture and bric-a-brac from their travels. Unfortunately Grandma was left a widow at a comparatively young age. She was a very eccentric and strong minded lady and to the end of her life refused to have electric lighting installed in her home! She preferred the gentler effect of gas lighting.
As a young child I liked nothing better than to play in her house. It was a wonderful and mysterious place to me with its flickering gas globe casting mysterious shadows on her elaborate Anglo Indian and Islamic furniture. All the pieces were heavily carved, or inlaid with exotic woods, ivory and mother of pearl. I especially loved a huge credenza which was all shelves, mirrors and niches. I used to play for hours with my dolls on it, imagining they were in a fairyland palace in some strange and distant land.
Growing up among her beautiful things nurtured a great love in me of exotic inlay, richly encrusted patterns and luxurious fabrics. I still have some of her smaller pieces of Islamic and Anglo Indian furniture, such as tables and chairs, and I treasure them greatly.
Grandma passed in the early 1970s and I inherited much of her furniture and ornaments. In fact there was enough to begin a part time antiques business and for many years afterwards I stood at antiques fairs in the locality helped by a cousin
In the late 1990s I inherited a vast and impressive collection of hair accessories. For several years they sat in boxes in my attic while I travelled the world and pursued my career as a university professor
Later I became too disabled for employed work and had to take early retirement. However I still had to find a means to pay bills and put food on my table. I decided to start an online antiques business, As a beginning I felt that the comb collection should really be dispersed back into the collecting community.
That was how I came to sell the collection on eBay, and subsequently to establish a business specialising in antique and vintage hair accessories.
There is no one place to search for antique and vintage hair accessories. You can't simply go to a warehouse or a wholesaler and buy them.
And therein lies the "thrill of the chase."
I love nothing better than searching online, as well as antiques fairs, auctions and fleamarkets in my search for interesting new stock. One of my favorite haunts is a local costume and textile fair which takes place twice a year. I never fail to return from this high quality fair without a heavy bag of new stock.
I also buy many private collections online and several times a week the postman or the Fedex man brings a new package to my door. Unpacking, photographing and writing descriptions of new stock items are my favorite tasks, even though they are so labour intensive.
I have researched my subject deeply, visiting many famous museums and collections which include jewelry and hair accessories. I have also written a number of papers and articles on vintage hair accessories, some of which are available for download as pdf documents on my website:-
I also have a shop on Ruby Lane:
I hope you enjoy visiting with me.
I owe my love of antiques to my grandma in whose house I played as a girl. It was stuffed with exotic furniture and fabrics.
Scott is my nephew (mainly a techie) who occasionally takes over to deal with convos and order processing when I am away from the computer.
Lisa does post office runs and occasional help with packing at busy times
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
- Items on sale
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
- To contact you via email about items you have asked me to find for you and to inform you about special offers in my store.
Frequently asked questions
PAYMENT METHODS: Paypal and Etsy Direct Checkout are our main payment methods
Other payment methods may be available depending upon location. We accept payment by check from UK buyers and bank transfer from UK and EU buyers. Please contact us for
LAYAWAYS: payments may be made by installment plan for goods valued at over $100
We require a 25% deposit which is non refundable in the event buyer does not complete the plan.
Installments are usually completed by our sending a Paypal Money Request at agreed intervals.
SHIPPING POLICIES: orders are shipped within 3-5 working days of receipt.
WE SHIP TWICE A WEEK - TUESDAY AND FRIDAY.
UK OVERNIGHT COURIER = 24 hours from when courier collects
For deadlines please contact us BEFORE purchase to ensure that we can meet your timeline. We can arrange expedited delivery at extra cost. Transactions cannot be cancelled once the package ships.
It is buyer's responsibility to notify us that they wish to cancel the transaction if it is unlikely we can meet their timeline.
It is buyer's responsibility to ensure that the address supplied at checkout by Etsy and/or Paypal is correct current address formatted in accordance with the postal regulations of their country. We don’t accept responsibility or refund for lost or delayed packages due to incorrect address information.
RETURNS POLICY: general policies which apply to returns from all locations
No returns on "Business" transactions unless the item was defective or arrived broken. Should we agree to accept returns a 25-50% restocking charge applies at our discretion.
Buyers MUST inform us within 14 days of receipt (as evidenced by tracking) that they wish to return an item.
For "buyers remorse" (i.e. no fault) returns we refund only the purchase price and not original or return shipping.
For returns where we were at fault we refund outward and return shipping by a similar service to what we used
There is a NO RETURNS policy on some large and/or delicate items because of the risk of damage. We don’t accept returns on AS FOUND or sale goods or those to "business" customers.
RETURNS FOR GOODS FROM WITHIN THE EUROPEAN UNION: Buyers have 7 days from the date of receipt to notify us that they wish to return an item.
1)Goods must be carefully packed so as not to sustain damage.
2) They must be returned to us in "same condition as sent" unless we have been supplied with photographic evidence that item was damaged in outward transit.
3) Goods must not be altered or amended in any way.
4) Buyer should obtain proof of postage and use a trackable shipping method.
5) No refund can be issued until the goods are back in our hands in "same condition as sent".
6) Goods which are lost or damaged in transit are the responsibility of the sender and who will need to claim compensation from their mail carrier. We will not refund for these.
7) No b2b refunds unless defective/broken
RETURNS FOR GOODS FROM OUTSIDE THE EUROPEAN UNION: Returns from outside the E U are concessionary and at our absolute discretion. If allowed they should be completed in accordance with the procedure outlined above for EU returns.
Should we agree to accept a return THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL PROCEDURE MUST BE OBSERVED.
The package must be clearly marked - preferably on the customs label - RETURNED UNWANTED GOODS NO IMPORT TAX PAYABLE.
Should we incur customs/VAT/handling charges or other out of pocket expenses these will nevertheless be deducted from any refund due to the buyer. This is regardless of whether or not the package is suitably marked or the reason for return.
Because of the expense of international returns we encourage buyers to sell items elsewhere to recoup any loss. We are willing to permit the use of our intellectual property in the form of original photographs and descriptions free of charge for this purpose'
No b2b refunds unless defective/broken
GOODS DAMAGED IN TRANSIT: For security/anti fraud reasons we can only consider such claims if they are made within 48 hours of receipt as shown by tracking.
Buyer must supply clear photographic evidence of damage within 14 days of notification.
It MUST be sent as a jpg attached to Etsy convo or email. We are unable to accept pictures sent to a celphone via sms or mms.
Merchandise which sustained damage may not need to be returned if photographic evidence is supplied and claim is notified within the above 7 day period. "Notified" means that you sent us a convo or email to indicate a problem.
Buyers unable to provide photographic evidence must return the item at their expense.
Buyers should exercise reasonable care with vintage items. Under no circumstances will we refund or be held responsible for items which arrive safely and are subsequently damaged in use.
ITEMS REPORTED "NOT RECIEVED" BUT TRACKING SHOWS DELIVERED.
Buyers should carry out the following procedures:-
1) Check physically to ensure package not left in unlikely/hidden place
2) Enquire of family members/neighbors or doorman (if appropriate)
3) Contact their local postmaster/mailing service/mail carrier
4) If appropriate file a police or mail theft report.
Where the status of a tracked item shows the package to be "delivered" our insurers will require the buyer to produce documentary evidence of non receipt before considering a refund claim.
We require a physical letter from the postal authority concerned (not a scan or photo copy) confirming that they have made an error in their notifications and that the package has been mis-delivered.
REFUSED/ABANDONED/UNCOLLECTED PACKAGES: we provide tracking for ALL packages and expect buyers to take responsibility for using this information to watch for the package when it arrives in their country/home area.
We do not refund shipping (either outward or return) for packages which are returned to us because buyer refused delivery or did not "claim" the package. By claim we mean picked up from postal depot or arrangements made to redeliver.
Such packages are treated as "abandoned" by the postal service and are usually returned to sender.
"Returned to sender" packages are typically given low priority by postal services and may take many weeks to return to us. In some cases the package is never returned.
No refund can or will be issued until the goods are returned to our premises.
On return buyers will be given the choice of a refund of item price only or of having the item/s reshipped at their expense.
VINTAGE ITEMS CONDITION: Antique and vintage items are rarely pristine in the way that one might expect for brand new. They may contain signs of wear, minor flaws or signs of former ownership such as scratched initials
We try to note all flaws which might affect the appearance, value or functionality of a piece. However it would be impractical to mention every minor scratch or abrasion on a pre-owned item. These latter are part of the history of the piece.
Photographs are an important part of the description and should be examined carefully.
Flaws or features which are clearly visible in one or more photographs are considered to have been disclosed even if not specifically mentioned in descriptions.
Buyers are expected to carefully read descriptions and examine pictures. They are assumed to have done so regardless of whether or not this is actually the case.
When in doubt questions can (and should) be asked to clarify any doubts re condition etc
EXAMPLES OF "SUBSTANTIALLY NOT AS DESCRIBED"
Minor surface wear or the odd dull or missing rhinestone on a vintage item do NOT constitute grounds for "substantially mis-described".
Examples of substantially mis-described are:-
Item described as "vintage" is less than 20 years old
item described as "sterling" or "silver" tests as silver plated or base metal.
Item has a broken catch or fastening not mentioned and cannot safely be worn.
Item has an obvious repair/restoration or break not mentioned which substantially affects the value, durability functionality or appearance of the piece.
We do not clean, remove labels or repair vintage pieces unless they are extremely dirty as many collectors prefer to do these themselves.