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A large and handsome Victorian hair comb in mottled tortoiseshell

CONDITION: small ding in top edge of heading otherwise good vintage condition with expected wear

SIZE: 6¼ ins h x 6 ins w (16 x 15 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1870s – 1880s

MATERIALS: tortoiseshell

DESCRIPTION:

This handsome tortoiseshell ornament probably dates from the latter part of the Victorian era when these large combs were in fashion. High topped combs like this were extremely popular in the later Victorian era during the 1870s and 1880s. This was due to the debut of the opera Carmen, which promoted a fashion for Spanish style combs with extremely tall headings.

The comb has a high curved heading and is fashioned out of one large solid piece of the mid brown mottled form of faux tortoiseshell. The material is very nicely marked and polished. The “tortoise” type patterning is very pronounced, with well defined mottling of lighter semi transparent patches on a dark opaque ground. The ornament has eight long tines. All of these are nicely pointed and not chipped or broken as on so many of these old combs.

The collage picture shows a selection of illustrations taken from contemporary sources which depict similar ornaments and the hair styles with which they were worn.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Mottled tortoiseshell and faux tortoiseshell combs like this, without any form of added decoration, were worn throughout the 19th century. They appealed to older ladies or those in secondary mourning and continued to be worn even when the large and elaborate mid Victorian combs has begun to lose their popularity. Their appearance relied upon the luster and markings of the material for their effect. They were considered most suitable for day wear in an era when a woman’s appearance was not considered complete without her combs.

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This item is over 100 years old and therefore predates the Endangered Species legislation. If this item includes any CITES Appendix I materials documentation and certificates required for commercial sale, import or export will be included with it at shipment.


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ITEM ID
DUP19-03-07
ITEM SIZE
6¼ ins h x 6 ins w (16 x 15 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)
ITEM TYPE
Vintage, Antique
COLOR
Brown
FASHION ERA
Victorian

Victorian tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish style hair accessory

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