Two hair combs imitation tortoiseshell Spanish style hair accessoriesTwo hair combs imitation tortoiseshell Spanish style hair accessoriesTwo hair combs imitation tortoiseshell Spanish style hair accessoriesTwo hair combs imitation tortoiseshell Spanish style hair accessoriesTwo hair combs imitation tortoiseshell Spanish style hair accessoriesTwo hair combs imitation tortoiseshell Spanish style hair accessoriesTwo hair combs imitation tortoiseshell Spanish style hair accessoriesTwo hair combs imitation tortoiseshell Spanish style hair accessoriesTwo hair combs imitation tortoiseshell Spanish style hair accessoriesTwo hair combs imitation tortoiseshell Spanish style hair accessories

A good value lot of Spanish style hair combs in imitation tortoiseshell

CONDITION: both good vintage condition

SIZE: large comb 6 x 4 ins (15 x 10 cm); small comb 4¾ x 2½ ins (12 x 6 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1870s - 1900

MATERIALS: horn, celluloid faux tortoiseshell

DESCRIPTION:

Here we have a pair of good quality Victorian Spanish mantilla style hair combs of the type which would probably have been worn for everyday.

The larger ornament has a high curved heading with five tines. It has a very prominent “tiger stripe” design.

The slightly smaller companion piece is made in a wedge shape with seven tines, and is more convincingly made to resemble tortoise type mottling.

This type of ornament is often known as Spanish or mantilla comb because it resembles a smaller version of the traditional large shell ornaments worn by Spanish ladies with their native dress. In practice any comb which has a high upstanding heading or top which stands proud of the top of the head is often called a mantilla comb.

The collage picture shows a number of sitters from contemporary photographs, revealing the fashionable hair style and wearing similar ornaments.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Many of the later 19th century the hair ornaments which appear to be made of tortoise are, in fact, made from synthetics. These faux tortoise combs are some of the prettiest to be found at this period, since it is unusual to find two exactly alike. Some of them are very convincing and difficult to distinguish from the genuine material, and are skilfully treated to imitate the brown and orange mottling of genuine tortoiseshell.

Item ID: DUP17-08-086


Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: brown, Size: large comb 6 x 4 ins (15 x 10 cm); small comb 4¾ x 2½ ins (12 x 6 cm)

Two hair combs imitation tortoiseshell Spanish style hair accessories

$120 USD

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