Vintage hair combs 2 Mexican brass, abalone shell and mother of pearl butterfly

This sale is for a pretty matched pair of vintage Mexican hair combs with figural butterflies inlaid with abalone shell and mother of pearl

CONDITION: good vintage condition.

SIZE: 2 ins h x 2 ins w (5 x 5 cms)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1950s – 1960s


This item is a pretty matched pair of vintage mid 20th century Mexican side combs.

They have a brass heading riveted onto a commercial comb mount marked Made in USA and Diadem. This is inlaid with a mosaic of mother of pearl and abalone shell set into a brass frame. The design is a conventional one of a butterfly. The wings are in mother of pearl with a brass frame.


There is a lively trade in inexpensive hair combs and barrettes made from alpaca or brass. Typically small side combs are made with a metal mounting secured by rivets to a commercial plastic comb mount made in the USA or elsewhere. These comb headings comb in various designs, typically flowers, birds and butterflies. The designs are beautifully worked by hand and involve inlaying small pieces of abalone shell and mother of pearl into a mosaic. Often these designs also incorporate coloured enamels or gold tone and silver tone metal to emphasize the motifs.

Item ID: C12-11-0010

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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: silver metallic/blue, Size: 2ΒΌ ins h x 3 ins w

$25 USD ea.

Quantity available: 2
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Norma Lammont, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK   

Antique and Vintage Hair Combs and Costume Accessories from Around the World

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Shipping/Handling:$10.00 USD
Insurance:$3.00 USD

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