A tall and iconic design Art Deco hair comb in glossy black celluloid
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 8 ins h x 3½ ins w (20 x 9 cm) decorative part 4½ ins (11 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
Here is a striking decorative hair comb from the Art Deco period. The ornament is made in glossy black celluloid and has a tall arrow shaped heading which is an ironic form of the period. Many of these Deco combs are made in simple, geometric shapes with a minimum of surface decoration. The effect is so advanced that they could have been made today.
The collage photograph shows illustrations taken from contemporary sources and depicts similar tall and acutely pointed ornaments, showing 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 cresting or top which stands proud of the top of the head is often called a mantilla or Spanish style comb.
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