A pretty Spanish mantilla style hair comb in mother of pearl effect celluloid
For the bride who likes something different
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 5 ins h x 3 ins w (13 x 7.5 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: mid to later 20th century
MATERIALS: synthetic mother of pearl
This is a pretty Spanish mantilla style comb which probably dates from the mid 20th century. It is made from synthetic mother of pearl effect celluloid with a high wedge shaped heading. The openwork design of scrolls and foliage is a classic one.
The collage picture includes examples taken from contemporary sources and shows similar items worn by young Spanish ladies.
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.
However the true Spanish comb or peineta is an ornament worn in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries for a very high ornamental comb which is typically draped with a lace veil. The Peineta is particularly associated with the region of southern Spain known as Andalusia.
In the past such veils were worn when attending church, and others formal events. Although the use of these high combs and mantilla veils has declined in Spain, they are still used on formal occasions. Smaller versions of the high topped comb are also popular with Flamenco dancers and for weddings.
The high combs with which we are familiar were adopted at the Spanish court and this led to their being regarded as part of traditional Spanish costume.
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