An attractive pair of hair sticks decorated with fancy glass stones and leaves
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 7 ins h x 1½ ins w (18 x 4 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1970s – 1980s
MATERIALS: plastic, metal, glass stones
Here is a very pretty matched pair of hair sticks which probably date from the mid to later 20th century.
Each ornament has a wooden shaft that is topped off by a fancy metal heading in antiqued gold tone. The design takes the form of a spray of leaves further embellished with faux pearls and blue glass stones in marquise shape.
The collage picture demonstrates some ways in which such ornaments may be worn.
Hair sticks are made with a single prong, like chopsticks. Often they have pendant ends or fancy headings.
In modern times they are used not just to adorn the dressed hair but to actually hold it in place by weaving the shafts through the hair. For this reason hair sticks are usually made from some durable substance such as metal or wood rather than a light substance like celluloid. They can be worn in a number of ways including with the ornamental heading standing proud of the head by a couple of inches so that it is on display.