A pretty amber coloured celluloid hair comb in the Art Nouveau taste
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear for age
SIZE: 5 ins h x 4 ins w (14 x 10 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
This beautiful two pronged comb or hair pin comb is an excellent example of the smaller and daintier hair accessories which were worn at the end of the Victorian period.
It is made from amber coloured celluloid with a beautiful translucent quality when the light passes through it. The curved heading takes a loop shape, and has an Art Nouveau feeling.
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 more feminine coiffures hair accessories grew smaller, lighter and more delicate.
Hair pins of this period are characteristically made in one solid piece of the material, which might be horn, tortoiseshell, or some synthetic like celluloid. They usually have only one or two tines and their top or heading in a simple shape such as a horseshoe or rectangle, sometimes with the addition of rhinestones or a little openwork decoration.
Ornaments such as there were often made in pairs and sets of four and were worn throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. They could perform both an ornamental and a useful function, being used to hold the elaborate coiffures of the day in place as well as to adorn the hair. The plainer ones are more likely to have been used simply to hold the style.
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