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Art Deco Hair Comb French Ivory Carved Hair Accessory
A handsome Art Deco period back comb in French Ivory with engraved decoration
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 3½ ins h x 5¼ ins w (9 x 14 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
MATERIALS: French ivory, gilding, metal studs.
This beautiful back comb is made from a synthetic material popularly known as French Ivory because it was designed to simulate the genuine material. It does not contain any material from an endangered species.
The comb is made in the form generally known as a “bandeau” comb because it was designed to wrap around the back of the head.
The comb is moulded all in one and has an elaborate open work heading which has the appearance of being “carved”. The material has been moulded and then engraved into an elaborate design which represents garlands of leaves and scroll work. The resulting lines and depressions are then in filled with variously coloured pigments to give the comb a wonderful antiqued appearance. At the centre top f the heading is a circular motif which has a border of minute metal studs.
In the early 20th century we see the emergence of a new style in this the comb, 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 illustration is a compilation of pictures taken from contemporary sources. They show how useful combs like these were and the tremendous variety of their designs.
Layaway plan with payment by installments available - details on request
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: cream, Size: 3½ ins h x 5¼ ins w (9 x 14 cms)
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