A classic hinged tortoiseshell tiara style hair comb with gold pique inlay
CONDITION: hinge has been replaced by a pin, otherwise good vintage condition
SIZE: 3 ins h x 4½ ins w (7.5 x 11 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1850s – 1880s
MATERIALS: tortoiseshell gold inlay
Here is a classic hinged mid Victorian tortoiseshell hair comb. The comb mount has eight sturdy tines and is joined to a curved heading by a brass hinge. Please note that the pin of the hinge has been replaced.
The curved heading is inlayed with gold pique around the outer border and across the centre in a simple geometric design. The hinged heading folds down over the tines in typical manner for combs of this type.
The hairstyles of the mid-Victorian period were large and impressive, with vast quantities of false hair being used to form a huge chignon or, for the evening, trailing ringlets. Therefore the ornaments which were used to adorn them were often equally large and impressive. Large and handsome combs like this would have been used by a fashionable Victorian lady to adorn the back of the hair, probably being placed above a large chignon. Combs such as these with a fold down heading would have been very effective at concealing the addition of these false tresses. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
This item is over 100 years old and therefore pre-dates the endangered species legislation. If this item includes any CITES Appendix I materials documentation and certificates required by law for commercial sale, import or export, have been obtained for this item and will be included with it at shipment.
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