A pretty late Victorian or Edwardian sterling silver filigree hair comb
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 5½ ins h x 3¼ ins w (14 x 8 cm) decorative part 2 ins h (5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
MATERIALS: sterling silver, celluloid
This beautiful comb is an excellent example of the smaller and daintier hair accessories which were worn at the end of the Victorian period.
It has two long tines of polished dark brown celluloid to pierce the hair. The circular heading is marked STERLING on the back, and so this pretty comb was probably made in the USA. The heading has a delicate lacy openwork design which incorporates formalised flowers and scrollwork.
The collage picture shows some contemporary photographs of the period and ladies wearing small comps with openwork headings.
Fashions in hair dressing changed in the last ten tears of the 19th century. The styles were simpler and a softer, fluffier appearance was fashionable. Along with these softer and more feminine coiffures hair accessories grew smaller, lighter and more delicate. Airy openwork designs, such as those of filigree were popular.
In response to the fashion for smaller and lighter hair ornaments around the turn of the 20th century we find many of these sterling silver two pronged and one pronged hair combs being produced. The headings, as here, as presented in openwork design and embellished with a little machine engraving. They have the appearance of being stamped out on a machine which is typically the case.
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