This rare German hair tidy features a delicately crafted molded in relief surface that looks like crinkled cotton, with a cover that is sewn up with a green ribbon and a hand painted bow tie on the top of the lid. The delightful design is known as the Bow Tie mold by R.S. Prussia. It is a charming vanity collectible, produced in the Kingdom of Prussia (Germany) by the Reinhold Schlegelmilch Porcelain Factory ca 1889 – 1909 – when many considered RS Prussia's fine china ware to be the best in the world. Like so many Bow-tie mold (RSP 504) objects made when the Prussia Wreath and Star trademark was used, this item is unmarked.*
Fine china items in this blown out pattern from the late Victorian era and Edwardian period are hard to find without damage to the loops of the bows. This scarce boudoir accessory, however, is in excellent vintage condition (no chips, cracks, crazing). Some of the gold has faded, yet the ribbon is intact. The lidded jar is about 5" across & 2.25" tall. Its white background is accented with gold trim, pink roses with leaves, and a green bow.
Display the work of decorative art on a dresser, vanity or powder room shelf. With its classic diamond shape and charming design, the museum quality keepsake would compliment many decors, including shabby chic, country cottage and Victorian. The highly collectible antique could also be used as a jewelry box, trinket jar, etc.
Hair Receivers, Secret Beauty Aids of the Past, by Mike McLeod
Although rare today, the hair receiver was a common fixture on the dressing tables of women from Victorian times to the early decades of the 20th century. Its purpose was to save hair culled from the hairbrush and comb, which were used vigorously on a daily basis. The hair could then be stuffed into pincushions or pillows. Since hair was not washed as often as it is today, oils were frequently used to add scent and shine to hair. The residual oil made the hair an ideal stuffing for pincushions because it lubricated the pins, making it easier for them to pierce material. Small pillows could be stuffed with hair, which was less prickly than pinfeathers.
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* cf. Lee & Carol Marple's, "R.S. Prussia the Art Nouveau Years" (12PB) and " Reinhold's Picks " by Lee Marple.
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