A large and attractive celluloid faux tortoiseshell floral design hair comb
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 6½ ins h x 5 ins w (16 x 13 cm) decorative part 3½ ins (9 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
Here is an attractive celluloid faux tortoiseshell hair comb which dates from the Art Deco period of the early 20th century. It has a gently undulating profile to the fan shaped heading. The openwork design features flower heads placed against a background of foliage and latticework panels.
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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