A handsome French ivory bandeau style hair comb from the Art Deco period
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear for its age.
SIZE: 3½ ins h x 5 ins w (9 x 13 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
MATERIALS: French ivory, metal studs, rhinestones
The ornament is made from an early celluloid substance, popularly known as French ivory, because it was invented to substitute for the much more expensive elephant ivory which was becoming rare and expensive by the early 20th century. It contains no materials from an endangered species.
The comb has a classic openwork heading arranged as a series of scrolls and is further embellished with metal studs and clear rhinestones. This type of ornament is known as a back comb.
The collage picture includes similar examples taken from contemporary photographic sources of the Edwardian period, and shows the fashionable hair dressing of the day.
This type of ornament is known as a back comb. Such ornaments were specifically designed to be worn at the back of the head. They are identified by their width and by a deep curve to fit the back of the skull. These combs are usually wider than they are high, and have an elaborate heading or top decorated in some way.
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