Here is a lovely pair of cut steel hair combs on horn.
I have recently become fascinated by cut steel, an old jewellery process which dates back to at least the sixteenth century and became the height of fashion in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It was designed to imitate the glitter of diamonds in candle light.
One of the tops has a butterfly and the other a star. They are both hinged to allow for flexibility in positioning and both have curved, double prongs of horn.
The butterfly measures 1¼” (3.2cms) across the top and is 3 and 3/8” (8.5cms) long. The faceted, round steels measure 2-4 mms across. A few of the central steels have rusted. The size of the steels indicates that it was made in the late Victorian period.
The star measures 1 and 3/16” (3cms) across and 3 and 7/8” (10cms) long. The steels, closely packed together, are 1-2mms across. Here again there is a little rust. However the star comb was definitely made earlier than the butterfly.
Other than the small areas of rust ,this pair is in very good antique condition. They will arrive in a gift box.
A pair of Victorian Cut Steel Butterfly and Star Horn Combs