A striking faux tortoiseshell hair comb with Art Deco styling.
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 7½ ins h x 2 ins w (19 x 5 cm) decorative part 4 ins h (10 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1920s - 1930s
This striking hair comb is typical of the Art Deco period with its concentration on geometric forms. It is made in celluloid faux tortoiseshell and has a heading in the form of an acute triangle with openwork.
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.
Such 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.
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Art Deco hair comb geometric faux tortoiseshell styling