A mid Victorian Spanish mantilla style hair comb in pierced and engraved steel
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 5 ins h x 4 ins w (13 x 10 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1870s - 1900
Here is a high topped hair comb in silver plated steel. It has a high pierced and engraved heading with an openwork design.
This type of ornament is often known as Spanish or mantilla comb because it resembles a smaller version of the traditional large tortoiseshell ornaments worn by Spanish ladies with their native dress. In practice any comb which has a high upstanding heading or top is often called a mantilla comb.
The collage illustration shows a selection of sitters wearing similar ornaments and is taken from contemporary sources of the mid to later 19th century.
Such higher topped combs were produced in genuine tortoiseshell and precious metals for the higher end of the market and in horn, celluloid and other materials for the popular end. The tall mantilla style headings became popular in the 1870s due to the debut of Bizet's opera Carmen in 1875. The type continued to be fashionable but grew smaller and daintier as the 19th century drew to its close.
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