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An attractive faux tortoiseshell sunray style Art Deco hair comb

CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear

SIZE: 5½ ins h x 5 ins w (14 x 13 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s

MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell

DESCRIPTION:

Here is a very pretty Art Deco period hair comb made in the iconic fan shape design, in which lines or blades radiate out from the base of the heading. The blade-like motifs form loops which result in an attractive scalloped profile. It is made in celluloid faux tortoiseshell which gives it a striking aspect.

This 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. Such combs are worn placed high on the head in order to allow the beauty of their ornamental cresting to be admired.

The collage photograph shows some examples of similar hair accessories taken from contemporary illustrative sources, and reveals the manner and hair styles in which they were worn.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

The heading design is typical of many combs of the period, with radiating lines or panels resembling sunrays, or perhaps the spokes of a wheel. One theory is that the idea of sun rays comes from the popular vogue for sunbathing which began at this time. Previously ladies had shunned the idea of sunbathing. Another theory is that the spoke like designs reflected the wheel, and the obsession with speed and technology. This was the age of the car and the plane after all!

This fan shaped and frequently large Spanish combs became extremely fashionable in Britain and America during the early 20th century. They were worn in a characteristic manner, being placed in the side or back of the hairdressing at an acute angle, and in such a way that the tall heading stood up proud. This enabled the often beautiful openwork decoration or the decorative effect which had been applied to the material, to be viewed from all angles, and for the details to be seen effectively outlined against the light.

ITEM ID
DUP19-02-28
ITEM SIZE
5½ ins h x 5 ins w (14 x 13 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)
COLOR
Brown

Art Deco hair comb faux tortoiseshell sunray hair ornament

$120


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