Magnificent glass "jet" hair comb, the largest of this type that I have ever seen. Length is 8.5 inches (21 cm.), width is 6 inches (14.5 cm.). This comb is from the Victorian period, as black and mourning jewelry was a necessary part of the fashion of the period. This style of black Bohemian glass which is cut and faceted is known in the collecting community as "French Jet". The tiny hand cut and polished glass pieces of various shapes are "welded" on to a metal frame when the two materials are heated. If you look at the back, you will see an ornate metal framework, all soldered together within thick wire frame to help give it strength. Sometimes it is steel, this one appears to be copper colored. The back is lacquered black when finished. We hardly ever see a piece of welded jet this large because it is a fragile medium. The metal framework is 6 by 5 inches. Usually you will see small pieces like brooches or hatpins, or combs of delicate size. This one is quite an elaborate piece of work. The business end of the hair comb is made of black celluloid. There are a great variety of different cut shapes of black glass: squares at the base, marquis, round, ovals, etc. Overall condition is very good for a hair accessory of over 110 years of age. Pretty much perfect to the eye. If I look carefully with a magnifying glass, I see a few pieces missing. See last two photos. One point is missing from one marquis, lower right corner. And two tiny round pieces are missing. They are so small I had to examine with magnifying glass to find them. I took a photo but I don't know if you'll even see it in the photo. Very hard to spot. Other than that, really great. Celluloid is strong and perfect. Metal frame is good, has it's natural curve to fit the head. Whether you collect French Jet or antique hair combs, this is a rare ornate example in a generous size.
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Ornate French Jet Huge Hair Comb Victorian