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A Victorian hinged tiara style mourning hair comb in black celluloid and French Jet
CONDITION: some missing jet balls (which can easily be replaced) otherwise good vintage condition
SIZE: 4 ins h x 4 ins w (10 x 10 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1880s – 1890s
MATERIALS: steer horn, metal, French jet
Here is a French Jet and steer horn tiara comb. A tiara comb is an ornament which can be worn in the front of the hair (giving the effect of a tiara) or in other positions, such as at the back. This is because that the heading is adjustable, being attached to the prongs by a flexible hinge of gilt metal, which allows it to rotate through 90 or more degrees. This enables the ornament to be adjusted to various positions within the coiffure.
Our hair accessory here has a comb mount of dark brown colored horn with three tines. This is attached of a heading of black dyed horn, which is surmounted by several balls of faceted French Jet. It is possible that this ornament may have been used during secondary mourning.
The collage photograph shows several illustrations taken from contemporary sources and depicts similar tiara style ornaments and how they were placed in the hair styles of the day.
French jet is a glittering form of black glass which has nothing to do with France, but was produced mainly in Bohemia, now part of modern Czechoslovakia, in the late 19th and early 20th century when it was extremely popular for jewellery making. It was chiefly used for making mourning jewelry.
During the Victorian period etiquette decreed that in deep mourning, the widow and close relative of the deceased must dress in plain dark. The only ornaments allowed to be worn at this time were those of jet, which is a natural material found in Whitby, a small town on the East coast of the UK. In order to extend the supply of jet when it became exhausted, various other materials were employed. One of these was French jet.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: brown/black, Size: 4 ins h x 4 ins w (10 x 10 cm)
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Tiara hair comb Victorian steer horn French Jet mourning hair accessory
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