Presented here is an intriguing Art Deco period hair comb featuring gilt metallic inclusions
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 6 ins h x 4¼ ins w (15 x 11 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1920s to 1940s
One of the features of the new synthetic materials which cam in the early 20th century was to make possible a whole range of fancy and exotic effects. One of these was the effect often known as "faux goldstone" which is features in this large and impressive hair comb.
In this case the openwork design on the heading has been made with tiny gold metallic fragments which are suspended in the plastic. Combs like this seem to have originated in the USA and are generally known as "glitter" or sometimes "goldstone" effect combs, in imitation of the mineral known as goldstone which has glittering iron pyrites in it. Trade names for such effects were Tinseloid, Goldstone or Goldaleur.
Many of the designs of combs produced in this period are asymmetric and incorporate Art Nouveau-ish flowers and scrolls with the later Art Deco synthetic materials. They are then said to be transitional in style, and some of the most beautiful combs and ornaments are made in this transitional design.
Combs like this were worn as shown in picture 7 which is taken from a contemporary fashion engraving from a magazine called The Queen dating from 1923. We can see that the sitter is wearing a similarly large Spanish style comb and has placed it in the hair at an angle so that the beautiful openwork heading can be seen to great advantage.
Item ID: C12-12-004
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