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Late Victorian or Edwardian openwork hair comb

This listing features a pretty hand carved hair comb, part of a collection of old/new stock from a closed Leominster factory.

CONDITION: good vintage condition

SIZE: 5 ins h x 3 ins w (10 x 7.5 cms)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s to 1900s

DESCRIPTION:

This is a lovely amber colour celluloid 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 example has an attractive square heading design with a panel of opebwork decoration resembling leaves.

Such combs were worn placed high on the crown of the head so that the beautiful openwork 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:

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: A13-03-037


Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: brown, Size: 5 ins h x 3¼ ins w

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

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