A collection of three early to mid 20th century hair combs ideal for the re-enacter to create a vintage hairstyle.
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1940s
Here is a collection of three back combs which probably date from the early to mid 20th century. All are made from celluloid, with one being in a beautiful shade of translucent amber. The other two are made in faux tortoiseshell effect. They would be ideal for a re-enactor to create a vintage hairstyle.
The collage photograph shows some reproductions from earlier eras and of how such combs might have been used.
#1 amber comb measures 3½ ins h x 4½ ins w (9 x 11 cm)
#2 asymmetric brown comb measures 3 ins h x 4½ ins w (7.5 x 11 cm)
#3 faux tortoiseshell comb measures 2 ins h x 4¼ ins w (5 x 10.5 cm)
A back comb is a type of hair ornament which is specifically designed to be worn on the rear of the dressing. It is deeply curved on the horizontal plane to fit comfortably against the curve of the skull. Such combs are usually wider than they are high, their primary purpose being to support and ornament an up do. They are usually finished along the top of the heading with some form of decoration. This may take the form of an openwork panel, or of a metal framework set with real or imitation jewels which is attached to the ground material.
In the period around the turn of the 20th century back combs were popular ornaments to support the puffed out hair dressing known today as the Gibson Girl or Pompadour style. They also helped to support the weight of the huge hats of the period. Combs of this type continued to be worn well into the 20th century so it is not possible to date classic designs to a particular decade.
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Three vintage hair combs classic styled hair accessories