A handsome celluloid faux tortoiseshell hair ornament with a classic foliage design
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 10 x 7½ ins ( 26 x 19 cm)decorative part 7½ ins h (19 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: mid to later 20th century
Here is a nice quality Spanish style comb in celluloid faux tortoiseshell with a very high wedge shaped profile. It is made from celluloid faux tortoiseshell in a classic foliage and scroll design and probably dates from the mid to later 20th century. Such combs were produced in large numbers to cater to the tourist industry.
The pictures with the mannequin show the height and effect in wear, and the manner in which the beautiful heading design may be seen from all angles.
The term 'Spanish mantilla combs' is often used as a kind of umbrella category for any
decorative hair comb with a high upstanding cresting that rises up proud from the top of the head when the comb is placed in position. However, the Spanish mantilla comb or Peineta, to give it the correct name, is rightly that comb which is part of the beautiful and traditional native dress worn in certain parts of Spain.
The high combs with which we are familiar were adopted at the Spanish court and this led to their being regarded as part of traditional Spanish costume. The use of the peineta declined somewhat in its native Spain during the 20th century. However the growth of the Spanish tourist industry in the mid 20th century led to a new interest in Spanish costume, music and dance. Large combs are now popular souvenirs with tourists. They are also worn for Spanish dance and on festive occasions such as fiestas. In the past such combs were hand wrought from metal, horn or tortoiseshell. Nowadays they are mass produced and are usually made in some synthetic material which does not need to be “tortoiseshell” coloured.
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