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A dainty late Victorian or Edwardian faux pearl and rhinestone hair pin
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 3½ ins h x ½ ins w (9 x 2 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
MATERIALS: horn, metal, faux pearl, rhinestones
Here is a sweet and dainty two pronged comb or hair pin which dates from the late Victorian or Edwardian periods.
This lovely hair ornament may once have been one of a pair or even a set. It would look wonderful placed at the top of a classic French pleat or twist, and would grace any occasion with it’s understand elegance.
The ornament has a two pronged comb mount made from partially clarified and dyed steer horn which has been tinted amber. The heading is mounted upon an articulated metal hinge which permits it to be adjusted to various angles. The design comprises a formalised flower shape. The centre of the flower is a large spherical faux pearl, surrounded by faceted prong set pastes.
Towards the end of the 19th century the fashion in hairdressing changed to a softer more feminine look. The late Victorian and Edwardian styles were simpler and this in turn led to a taste for lighter and more delicate looking hair accessories. Some of these hair accessories, like our example here, had only one or two tines. The hair combs were much smaller than hitherto and an appearance of airy delicacy was in vogue. Filigree and cut out effects in both metal and tortoiseshell were fashionable.
A salient feature of this hair accessory is that the heading of faux pearl and rhinestones, which is made in a typical fashionable floral shape, is attached to the prongs by a flexible hinge of gilt metal, which allows it to rotate through 90 or more degrees. This allows the comb to be adjusted to various positions within the coiffure.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: white/clear/brown, Size: 3½ ins h x ½ ins w (9 x 2 cm)
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Faux pearl rhinestone hair pin late Victorian hair accessory
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