Two toned Art Deco French ivory hair comb, hair ornamentTwo toned Art Deco French ivory hair comb, hair ornamentTwo toned Art Deco French ivory hair comb, hair ornamentTwo toned Art Deco French ivory hair comb, hair ornamentTwo toned Art Deco French ivory hair comb, hair ornamentTwo toned Art Deco French ivory hair comb, hair ornamentTwo toned Art Deco French ivory hair comb, hair ornamentTwo toned Art Deco French ivory hair comb, hair ornamentTwo toned Art Deco French ivory hair comb, hair ornamentTwo toned Art Deco French ivory hair comb, hair ornament

A striking Art Deco period hair comb with a black and white parti coloured appearance

CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear

SIZE: 5 ins h x 4½ ins w (13 x 11 cm) decorative part 2 ins h (5 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1920s – 1930s

MATERIALS: French ivory/synthetic

DESCRIPTION:

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Here is an interesting Spanish style comb of the Art Deco period made from a substance popularly called “French ivory”. This was a synthetic substance intended to substitute for genuine elephant bone, and contains no material from an endangered species.

The comb has a high wedge shaped heading with a striking parti-coloured effect. It has been manufactured in laminate (also known as celluloid overlay) which produced a two tone effect by layering two pieces of coloured material together. Then the design was carved or incised to expose the contrasting colours. In this case, for example. a cream coloured shell has been overlaid by an upper coat of glossy black, producing an interesting topography with a geometric design which resembles bricks or building blocks.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

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.

Item ID: DUP18-04-037


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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: cream/black, Size: 5 ins h x 4½ ins w (13 x 11 cm) decorative part 2 ins h (5 cm)

Two toned Art Deco French ivory hair comb, hair ornament

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