A pretty gold topped back comb from the Edwardian Gibson Girl era
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 2½ ins h x 4¼ ins w (6 x 10.5 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1900s – 1910s
MATERIALS: celluloid, metal
Here we have a very beautiful and classic design back comb from the late Victorian or Edwardian era, which was designed to be worn at the back of the dressing. The comb mount is of pale amber coloured celluloid. The narrow gold tone metal top has been engraved into a delightful formalised design.
A back comb is a type of hair accessory specifically designed to be worn at the back of the hairdressing, either above, below or within the chignon. It is usually identified by a deep curve made to fit the skull. These combs are usually wider than they are high and have an elaborate heading or top decorated in some way. Such combs were popular in the era of the Gibson Girl hair style around the turn of the 20th century.
Fashions in hair dressing changed in the last ten tears of the 19th century. The styles were simpler and a softer, fluffier appearance was fashionable. From the 1900s the Gibson Girl coiffure was popular, whereby the hair was fluffed out over pads with wisps often escaping at the back and sides.
The collage picture shows examples of the fashionable Gibson Girl hair dressing and is taken from contemporary sources of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Ornaments dating from the late Victorian and Edwardian periods are usually simpler. They tend to have an affixed gilt metal, silver tone or sterling frame which is adorned with prong set rhinestones or faux gems.
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