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A beautiful mid Victorian hair comb in steer horn and mother of pearl

Suitable for a vintage bride who likes something different

CONDITION: good vintage condition

SIZE: 5 ins h x 3½ ins w (13 x 9 cms)

MATERIALS: steer horn, mother of pearl

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1870s - 1900

DESCRIPTION:

This is a lovely high topped comb of the type usually called a Spanish mantilla comb from its resemblance to the very tall combs worn by Spanish ladies with their traditional dress. Such high topped combs became modish in the 1870s due to the debut of the opera “Carmen”. They remained in fashion for about 20 years, well into the 1890s when smaller hair accessories came into vogue.

This attractive ornament has a comb base of steer horn, to which a wedge shaped slab or mother or pearl has been riveted. The pearl heading has an oval panel in the centre which is filled by the pierced design representing a leaf. The mother of pearl has a nice light silvery white colour and has no chips or cracks. The back of the heading does have some roughness in its surface on the left, but this is a natural feature of the material rather than a blemish.

The final photograph is taken from a Victorian carte de visite of the 1880s and shows the typical manner in which these high topped combs were worn. They were placed on top of the chignon standing proud of the head so that the beauty of their design could be seen from all angles.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

The base of the comb is made from steer horn which has been treated to resemble the much more expensive tortoiseshell. This is a typical treatment for horn at this time. Horn is a versatile material and was very popular for combs before the synthetic materials began to take over in the later 19th century. It could be dyed to obtain a number of decorative effects, including the random mottling of tortoiseshell.

Item ID: A15-08-01


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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: brown/pearlised, Size: 5 ins h x 3½ ins w (13 x 9 cms)

Victorian Hair Comb Mother of Pearl Spanish Style Bridal Hair Accessory

$225 $200 USD REDUCED

Sale starts Fri Aug 17 8:00 AM, ends Mon Aug 20 8:00 AM Pacific Time. This item will be 50% off the price above during the Sale!

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Norma Rossman
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