A pretty late Victorian or Edwardian sterling silver hair comb with typical pierced decoration
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 5¼ ins h x 2 ins w (13.5 x 5 cms)
WEIGHT: 10 grammes
APPROXIMATE DATE: late 19th – early 20th century
MATERIALS: sterling silver
This is a lovely little hair comb from the Edwardian or possible late Victorian period. It is an excellent example of the smaller and daintier hair accessories which became fashionable around the turn of the 20th century.
The comb is made in sterling silver with two long twisted tines which are designed to hold it in place. The heading is an arrangement of intertwined openwork lines which are further embellished with engraving. The use of scroll work and interlacement does show some Art Nouveau influence, albeit watered down.
Around the turn of the 20th century there were changes in fashionable hairdressing, which favored a softer and fluffier appearance. This led to a change in hair ornaments which decreased in size. Many of these ornaments are made in openwork or filigree silver or silver gilt, or with delicate airy patterns.
These delicate filigree type hair accessories were typically placed high in an updo, in the manner illustrated on the mannequin. They were placed so that the beautiful openwork design of the heading would be visible from all angles. The final picture is a collage taken from contemporary sources and shows a number of sitters wearing similar hair accessories.
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