At the turn of the century, elaborate hairstyles necessitated the use of large decorative accessories to compliment them. Long, elaborate hat pins on hats were often used during the day and at night decorative hair combs were common. Many of these combs were made of a new material, celluloid. This new plastic was chosen because combs could be very large and ornate, yet lightweight. Also, celluloid could be used emulate the much more expensive material, tortoise shell.
This comb would compliment an elaborate hairstyle, yet is much more subtle than many of its flashier counterparts. The celluloid is colored to emulate tortoise shell. The arc of the top has been carved at each side with stylistic bows. A touch of gold paint has been added to emphasize the design.
This beautiful piece is approximately 5-1/2" high by 3-1/2" wide. It is in wonderful condition with only some light scratching on the comb as would be expected from normal wear.
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