A handsome late Victorian or Edwardian amber colour back comb with pierced openwork
CONDITION: good vintage condition.
SIZE: 5 ins h x 4½ ins w (13 x 11 cms) decorative part 2 ins h (5 cms)
MATERIALS: celluloid (an early form of collectible synthetic) metal dots
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1880s - 1900
Here we have a lovely back comb in amber coloured celluloid. It has an elaborate panel of open scroll work on the heading and is further embellished with gold pique point work.
A back comb is a type of hair accessory specifically designed to be worn at the back of the hairdressing. 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.
Victorian back combs are usually very elaborate and may be decorated in a variety of ways such as with balls, cameos openwork or applied materials. Ornaments dating from the late Victorian and Edwardian periods are usually simpler. They tend to have an affixed gilt metal, silver tone or sterling frame which is adorned with prong set rhinestones or faux gems.
This comb probably dates from the closing years of the 19th century.
The final illustration shows a selection of sitters wearing similar ornaments and is taken from a collection of contemporary sources of the late 19th or early 20th century.
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