An unusual multi coloured “end of day” Spanish style comb from the Art Deco period
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 6 ins h x 5½ ins w (15 x 13.5 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1920s
Here is an unusual Art Deco “end of day” hair comb made in a distinctive wedge shape. The heading has an openwork design which resembles foliage and flowers.
The collage picture includes examples taken from contemporary coloured postcards of the early 20th century and shows similar items and the fashionable hair dressing 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.
This ornament is called an end-of-day comb because it was made from all the celluloid waste which was left at the end of the day. These bits and pieces of differently coloured material were simply heated up and poured into a mould, thus resulting in the multi coloured appearance of the finished article. These end of day combs are usually small in size, made in openwork designs and may sometimes have added rhinestones. This is a particularly handsome example.
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