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An unusual Spanish style hair comb and barrette combo in French Ivory
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
Comb: 7 x 4½ ins (18 x 11 cm) decorative part 3½ ins (9 cm)
Barrette: 2 x 4 ins (5 x 10 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
MATERIALS: cream celluloid, metal, rhinestones
Here we have an unusual combination of a mantilla style hair comb and hair barrette. They probably date from the early years of the 20th century. Both are made from French ivory.
The hair comb is of the type of ornament is often known as Spanish or mantilla comb because it resembles a smaller version of the traditional large shell ornaments worn by Spanish ladies with their native dress. In practice any comb which has a high upstanding heading or top which stands proud of the top of the head is often called a mantilla comb.
This handsome example has a tall wedge shaped heading with an openwork panel representing a version of the classic Greek key design running along the top. The large central panel has an oval in the middle with a silhouette of a dancing figure. This is surrounded by a border of seed pearls, a line of which separates the Greek key motif from the remainder of the heading. The whole is further embellished with gilding.
The pretty matching hair barrette is made in a form which compliments the design at the top of the comb heading. It too is surmounted by a Greek key motif, which is gilded and further embellished with spherical faux pearls. The oval panel in the centre has a similar border of spherical faux pearls.
The fastening for the hair barrette is the traditional loop and bar made from brass.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: white/gold/pearl, Size: Comb: 7 x 4½ ins (18 x 11 cm) decorative part 3½ ins (9 cm) Barrette: 2 x 4 ins (5 x 10 cm)
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