A collection of three faux tortoiseshell hair combs or hair pins from the late Victorian period
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear for age
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s
MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell
A collection of three faux tortoiseshell hair combs or hairpins from the late Victorian period.
#1 large hair comb measures 5½ ins h x 1½ ins w (14 x 4 cm)
#2 medium hair comb measures 5 ins h x 1½ ins w (13 x 4 cm)
#3 small hair comb measures 4½ ins h x 1 ins w (11 x 2.5 cm)
Here are three late Victorian or Edwardian two pronged combs or hair pins. They probably date from the period around the turn of the 20th century.
Hair pins like these 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.
Combs such as there were made in pairs and sets of four and were worn throughout the 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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