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A mid Victorian hinged tiara style hair comb decorated with faceted amber balls
CONDITION: there is some verdigris on the metal parts otherwise good vintage condition and the hinge turns easily.
SIZE: 4 ins h x 3½ ins w (10 x 8 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1850s – 1880s
MATERIALS: metal, amber glass, steer horn
This is a typical example of a mid Victorian hinged hair comb. The arched metal heading is attached to the steer horn mount by a brass hinge. This permits it to be moved into various positions and to be sited in different parts of the coiffure. It can be worn on top as a tiara or within the chignon with the heading folded down.
The comb is topped of with a number of balls of faceted amber coloured glass, simulating genuine amber. These combs decorated with balls are typical of the Victorian period and are found in many different materials.
The final illustration shows a number of sitters wearing these “balls” type hair combs tiara style and indicates how they looked in life. The pictures are drawn from mid Victorian carte de visite of the 1870s – 1880s.
These balls combs were known as “peigne Josephine”. They range tremendously in size from combs decorated with balls as large as 1½ inches across to much smaller and daintier ones. They were produced in very large numbers, and are found with balls of pearl, tortoiseshell, gilt ormolu, coral or even carved ivory. Sometimes the balls themselves are elaborately decorated with engraved or inlayed patterns, Those with balls of hollow gilt metal are the most common. Often the balls are graduated in size, with the largest being placed in the centre or somewhat raised to give the effect of a coronet. Sometimes, however, the balls are all of one size. In this latter case the balls are usually of an odd number, five, seven and nine being the most popular.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: brown/amber, Size: 4 ins h x 3½ ins w (10 x 8 cms)
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Victorian tiara style hair comb faceted amber balls hair accessory
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