A large and attractive Art Deco celluloid Spanish style comb with amber rhinestones
CONDITION: some stones have darkened, otherwise good vintage condition
SIZE: 6 ins h x 6 ins w (15 x 15 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
MATERIALS: celluloid (an early form of collectible plastic, rhinestones
Here is a large and beautiful Spanish style hair comb from the Art Deco period of the early 20th century. It is made from translucent amber coloured celluloid and is set with amber rhinestones. It has a large open worked and pierced heading in the classic shape of an unfurled fan.
The collage picture shows examples of similar accessories and how they were worn and is taken from contemporary sources of the early 20th century.
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.
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