A handsome black celluloid Spanish style hair comb from the Art Deco period
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 6¼ ins h x 3¼ ins h (15.5 x 8 cm) decorative part 4 ins h (10 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
Here is a handsome black celluloid hair comb with a tall curved heading. The heading has openwork showing three radiating panels placed within a border of undulating lines.
The collage photograph shows illustrations taken from contemporary sources and depicts similar ornaments, showing how they were placed in the hair styles of the day.
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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