A handsome Spanish style hair comb from the Art Deco period
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 6 ins h x 4 ins w (15 x 10 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
Here we have a fine example of an Art Deco Spanish style hair comb made in unusual pearlized effect celluloid. The colour is pale amber with a surface texture that gives the effect of old fashioned watered silk. It has a large curved semi-circular heading with a cut out design.
The collage picture shows examples of similar hair accessories and these are 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 tortoiseshell 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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