A pretty custom boxed late Victorian hinged hair comb decorated with faux amber balls
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 4½ ins h x 2 ins w (11 x 5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
MATERIALS: metal, faux amber
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 comes as shown in a custom fitted box.
The ornament has a comb mount with two tines, made from amber dyed steer horn. To this is connected a metal framework by an articulated hinge, which allows the heading to be adjusted as shown in the photographs. It is made in the form of a mini coronet which supports two rows of faceted faux amber balls, one row smaller than the other.
In the late 19th century an art movement called the “Aesthetic Movement” gained popularity and led to the prevalence of softer half tints of amber gold, indigo, salmon, sage-green and terracotta for textiles. Along with these fabrics the jewels of choice were necklaces of large amber beads in clear and cloudy effects. Many hair accessories in this style were produced, featuring faux amber beads.
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. Many of these small two pronged combs, with hinged headings resembling mini coronets, were produced in various materials.
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