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Late Victorian or Edwardian celluloid openwork hair comb

This listing features a pretty hand carved hair comb, part of a collection of old/new stock kept in storage for many years from a closed Leominster factory.

CONDITION: good vintage condition

SIZE: 4¾ ins h x 4½ ins w (12 x 11 cms)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s to 1900s

DESCRIPTION:

This is a lovely natural hand carved mantilla style hair comb. Such combs are so called because of their resemblance to the high topped combs which Spanish ladies wear with their traditional dress. This one has an attractive solid heading design of which the rich mottled colouring is its chief decoration.

Such combs were worn placed high on the crown of the head so that the beautiful design of the heading was clearly visible from all angles. The final picture is of a contemporary late Victorian photograph and a sitter wearing the high topped fashionable hair comb of the period.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Horn was one of the most popular materials for making hair combs in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The material was cheaply obtainable as a bi-product of the meat industry. It could also be easily treated to obtain a number of decorative effects. It could be clarified to render it translucent, and dyed a range of colours or made to imitate the more expensive tortoiseshell. It could also be carved and pierced into attractive patterns.

In the USA the making of combs was still a handicraft until the later 19th century, when the use of synthetic materials began to take over. However the small local manufactories had given way to much larger organisations where they were being produced in vast numbers by means of mechanical die-stamping. Polishing and finishing, including painting the horn with chemicals to simulate the tortoise markings, was often undertaken as a cottage industry by women and children who were the families of the comb-makers.

The town of Leominster was one of the largest centres for comb making in the USA, and the home of many large factories. There are several historical museums in the city dedicated to the industry and a rich literature has been published.

Item ID: A13-03-028


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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: brown, Size: 5 ins h x 4 ins w

Vintage hair comb Victorian hand made openwork hair accessory (AAP)

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