A large and handsome cream celluloid Spanish style fan shaped comb from the Art Deco period.
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 8 ins h x 7½ ins w (20 x 19 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
MATERIALS: French Ivory/celluloid (an early form of collectible plastic), It contains no materials from an endangered species.
Here is a large and impressive hair comb from the Art Deco period of the early 20th century. It is made in the shape of an unfurled fan, in an iconic Art Deco design of radiating spokes of rays.
The collage picture shows examples of similar accessories and how they were worn and is taken from contemporary sources of the early 20th century.
The ornament is made from an early celluloid substance, popularly known as French ivory, because it was invented to substitute for the much more expensive elephant ivory which was becoming rare and expensive by the early 20th century. It contains no materials from an endangered species.
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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