A beautiful amber coloured comb from the Art Deco period with amber rhinestones
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 6 ins h x 3½ ins w (15 x 9 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
MATERIALS: celluloid, rhinestones
Here is a very beautiful and large Spanish style comb from the Art Deco period. It has been intriguingly made by a process caller celluloid overlay, whereby one contrasting colour is laid over another. In this case a warm brown over a deep amber which shows at the edges of the designs and the tips of the tines. The effect is emphasized by the inclusion of amber coloured rhinestones with which the ornament is encrusted.
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.
Such 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.
The collage picture shows further examples of such large hair accessories and the hair styles with which they were worn
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Art Deco hair comb amber rhinestones hair accessory