A wonderful Art Deco hair comb in the Egyptian Revival taste further embellished with gilding and rhinestones.
CONDITION: 2 rhinestones missing otherwise good vintage condition
SIZE: Size: 6¾ x 3¼ (approx 18 x 8 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1900 - 1920
This is a very beautiful and unusual hair comb made in the manner known as Egyptian Revival. It has a tall wedge shaped heading with five upstanding blades which are decorated in gold paint. These are further accentuated with deep blue rhinestones (2 absent).
This manner of wearing such decorative combs is shown in the accompanying photographs on the mannequin. The final one is taken from a contemporary postcard and shows a sitter dressed in an Egyptian style headdress
The oriental theme in costume during the opening years of the 20th century was very strong. This taste for the exotic was given a fresh impetus by the discovery of the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamen in 1922. The exotic Egyptian ornaments found in the tomb provided an ideal theme for costume jewellery. However, designers did not aim at authenticity but translated the mystical and symbolic grandeur of Egypt with a somewhat indiscriminate but affective assembly of stylised motifs which appeared to the makers to be "Egyptian" in character.
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Item ID: W13-01-021
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