A large Art Deco period French Ivory celluloid hair comb with an open pierced design
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 8½ ins h x 4¼ ins w (22 x 11 cm) decorative part 5 ins h (13 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
MATERIALS: French Ivory/celluloid (an early form of collectible plastic), It contains no materials from an endangered species.
Here is a beautiful Art Deco hair comb in French Ivory with a tall heading pointed at the apex like a church window. The heading is in filled with an asymmetrical design which suggests foliage, and shows some transitional Art Nouveau influence.
These large hair combs are an iconic feature of the early Art Deco period.
The collage photograph shows several illustrations taken from contemporary sources and depicts similar ornaments and how they were placed in the hair styles of the day.
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 ornament is made from an early celluloid substance, popularly known as French ivory, because it was invented to substitute for the much more expensive elephant ivory which was becoming rare and expensive by the early 20th century. It contains no materials from an endangered species.
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