An unusual Egyptian Revival Art Deco period hair comb with multi color rhinestone trim
CONDITION: 1 missing blue stone otherwise good vintage condition
SIZE: 5 ins h x 2½ ins w (13 x 6 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
MATERIALS: faux tortoiseshell; rhinestones
Here is a very handsome and striking hair comb made in the Egyptian Revival taste which was fashionable in the early years of the 20th century. It has a base of faux tortoiseshell and a tall wedge shaped heading. This is encrusted with differently coloured stones in blue, green and amber with a large cabochon in the centre.
Art Deco was an eclectic style which drew its inspiration from many sources and cultures. One of these was ancient Egypt.
The taste for all things Egyptian was intensified by the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen and the wonderful treasures found there. This was followed by a series of lavish Hollywood movies which further promoted the look with Theda Bara who took the role of Cleopatra in 1917 and Claudette Colbert who played the same part in 1934.
There was no attempt to reproduce genuine Egyptian ornaments, and the designs were a pastiche featuring Egyptian type motifs such as scarab beetles or the heads of pharaohs, or featuring typical Egyptian materials such as faux turquoise, coral or lapis lazuli.