A pretty matched pair of faux tortoiseshell hair combs with clear rhinestone trim
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 5 ins h x 2 ins w (13 x 5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s -1900s
MATERIALS: celluloid, rhinestones
Here is a pretty matched pair of two pronged hair combs or hair pins dating from around the turn of the 20th century. They are made from celluloid faux tortoiseshell with a curved heading that is further embellished with clear rhinestones.
Combs such as there were made in pairs and sets of four and were worn throughout the 19th and early 20th century. They could perform both an ornamental and a useful function, being used to hold the elaborate coiffures of the day in place as well as to adorn the hair. The plainer ones are more likely to have been used simply to hold the style.
The collage picture shows a selection of illustrations taken from contemporary sources of the early 20th century which depict similar ornaments and the hair styles with which they were worn.
Simple two pronged combs such as there were made in pairs, or sometimes sets with a larger matching back comb. They were worn throughout the 19th and early 20th century. They could perform both an ornamental and a useful function, being used to hold the elaborate coiffures of the day in place as well as to adorn the hair.
Hair pins like this are characteristically made in one solid piece of the material, which might be horn, tortoiseshell, or some synthetic like celluloid. They usually have only one or two tines and their top or heading in a simple shape such as a horseshoe or rectangle, sometimes with the addition of rhinestones or a little openwork decoration.
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Matched pair hair combs faux tortoiseshell rhinestone hair accessories