A well marked late Georgian or early Victorian Spanish style comb in natural tortoiseshell
CONDITION: minor chips at the top and left hand side of heading. There is also a ding near the left side of the heading on the front surface. One tine is chipped at the bottom.
SIZE: 6 x 5½ ins (15 x 14 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1820s – 1840s
MATERIALS: natural tortoiseshell
Here we have a still handsome comb which dates from the late Georgian or early Victorian period. It does have some issues (as described above) and is priced accordingly. However the comb is still very nicely marked with the characteristic tortoiseshell design.
The collage picture shows a number of sitters from contemporary photographs, revealing the fashionable hair style and wearing similar ornaments.
Here is an impressive tortoiseshell comb which probably dates from the late 1970s or This very beautiful example is a classic mantilla comb with a wedge shaped heading and nine long slender tines. The comb is fashioned out of one large solid piece of the mid brown mottled form of tortoiseshell. The material is very nicely marked and highly polished. The “tortoise” type patterning is very pronounced, showing dark and mid brown splodges in a semi translucent lighter brown ground.
The final illustration is taken from a fashion print of the 1870s and shows the complex hairdressing and fashionable high topped combs of the day.
Such combs became the mode in the early 19th century when the fashionable coiffure became extremely tall and elaborate. Combs such as this were used to support the dressing and give extra height. Great loops of hair (often false) arise from the crown of the head back backed up by these Spanish style combs. The final picture illustrates a number of contemporary sitters wearing comb ornaments and shows how they were worn.
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