A pretty late Victorian or Edwardian boxed hairpin or two pronged hair comb.
CONDITION: good vintage condition. The outer box shows wear and use.
SIZE: 5 ins h x 1 ins w (13 x 2.5 cms) box 6 ins x 2½ ins (165 x 6 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
This is a lovely two pronged comb or hairpin, ornately decorated but not too glitzy. It would grace any contemporary evening hairstyle and is typical of the more restrained and simpler hair accessories of the late Victorian and Edwardian period.
The ornament is made in a simple classic design with two prongs of celluloid faux tortoiseshell. It had a heading of twisted gilded metal in an arched design with a cross piece. This pretty comb comes in its original presentation box and would probably have been quite an expensive article in its day.
The box is well worn on the outside but the white silk lining and ivory velvet is still intact with only slight soiling.
In the late Victorian period there was a reaction against the elaborate and heavily padded hair styles of the 1860s and 1870s. Less false hair was now used and the style is most often gathered into a high top knot. In response to these changes in dressing the hair ornaments became smaller in size and daintier. For formal wear this may be pierced by a small and dainty two pronged comb or hair pin such as the example here.
Picture 9 shows a compilation of contemporary cabinet photos from the late 19th and early 20th century. The sitters wear hair styles which are typical of the period, being gathered up into a high chignon which is dressed with a small ornament or hair pin.
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