A beautiful celluloid faux tortoiseshell bandeau style hair comb from the Art Deco period.
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 5 ins h x 5½ ins w (13 x 14 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1900 – 1920s
Here we have a very attractive back comb made in celluloid faux tortoiseshell.;
A back comb is a type of hair accessory specifically designed to be worn at the back of the hairdressing above, below or within the chignon. It is usually identified by a deep curve made to fit the skull. These combs are usually wider than they are high and have an elaborate heading or top decorated in some way.
This beautiful and elegant example is made from celluloid faux tortoiseshell which is nicely marked and realistically mimics the genuine material. It has a very wide openwork heading with an asymmetric design which is suggestive or organic natural forms.
In the early 20th century we see the emergence of a new style in this the comb heading has extended wings, designed to wrap around the back and sides of the head. A popular style at this period was a low chignon. Some women cut their hair short in the fashionable “bob” at this period but added a false chignon for more formal occasions. Such combs served not only for ornamentation but to hold the hair smoothly in place or to disguise the addition of a false piece (known as a postiche)
The final picture shows an example of these “wrap around” combs worn with a low chignon and is taken from a fashion magazine of the period.
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