A pretty late Victorian hinged hair comb with balls of faceted amber glass
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 4 ins h x 1½ ins w (10 x 4 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
This is an attractive late Victorian hinged hair comb of classic type. The heading is fastened to the steer horn comb mount by an articulated hinge so that it can be placed in various positions in the coiffure.
The heading comprises a curved brass bar from which arise a number of faceted faux amber beads or pear shapes.
Ornaments like this were worn in a characteristic manner, being placed such a way that the tall heading stood up proud. This enabled them to be viewed from all angles and for the details to be seen effectively outlined against the light.
This beautiful hair pick is an excellent example of the smaller and daintier hair accessories which were worn at the end of the Victorian period. Fashions in hair dressing changed in the last ten tears of the 19th century. The styles were simpler and a softer, fluffier appearance was fashionable. Along with these simpler hair styles there was a fashion for smaller and lighter hair accessories. Many were made in filigree metal or pierced celluloid for a light openwork effect
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