Vintage Hair Comb in French Ivory with Gilded Mantilla Style Heading

A lovely French Ivory hair comb showing Art Nouveau influence.

CONDITION: some wear to the gilt metal edge at the top of the heading.

SIZE: Size: 6½ x 5 ins (approx 16.5 x 12.5 cms)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s to 1900s


This beautiful ornament is made from an early celluloid substance, popularly known as French ivory, because it was invented to substitute for the much more expensive elephant ivory which was becoming rare and expensive by the early 20th century. This comb does not contain any elephant ivory

This lovely comb has a high heading showing a number of small fleur de Lys motifs and is further embellished by gilding on both the heading and the tines. The curiously intertwined stalks of the plant like forms show some Art Nouveau influence.

Such high topped combs were placed so that they were visible from every angle as in the final picture which is taken from a contemporary late Victorian cabinet photograph. The sitter has a very elaborate hairstyle which is typical of the period.

Item ID: W12-12-011

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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: cream/gilt, Size: 6½ x 5 ins

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