A pretty Victorian cut steel two pronged hair comb in the shape of a star.
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 4 ins h x 1 ins w (10 x 2.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
MATERIALS: cut steel, horn
This pretty little two pronged comb of hair pin probably dates from the latter end of the Victorian period, when hair accessories has become smaller and lighter.
It comprises a comb mount of steer horn which has been partly clarified to render it translucent. The heading is made in the shape of a five pointed star, and is covered with densely packed faceted steel studs. It is attached to the comb mount by a rotating hinge which allows it to me moved and adjusted to various angles.
During the 1980s motifs such as crescent moons, stars, suns and so on were particularly popular and were often worn in pairs or sets, to be scattered across the evening coiffure.
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.
The use of cut steel is very characteristic of the Victorian period. Production of cut-steel goods began in the early 1800s and continued until the end of the century, although the later examples tend to be very crude in comparison with earlier ones.
Cut steel combs and tiaras are characteristically made with headings covered with studs of faceted steel and riveted to a backing plate of white metal. The back views of the ornament clearly show the method of construction.
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