Two mid century vanity combs in metal and faux tortoiseshell effect
CONDITION: unused but may have minor scratches on the bottom from being in storage.
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1950s – 1960s
MATERIALS: celluloid, metal, Lucite
Here are two vintage folding vanity combs from the mid 20th century. These are wonderful collectible items typical of the Med Men era in more or less mint unused condition. Excellent for adding to a collection of vintage vanity items, for display or use.
These vintage pieces came from a manufacturer's warehouse where they have been in storage for many years. These pieces are unused, never having been on the market. They were sample pieces and date in style from the 1960's or before. However there are no manufacturing labels, identifying marks or anything I could find on the individual pieces.
Comb #1 is made of plastic with a brass cover. The cover is decorated with an elaborate enamelled design in black, white and gold. Comb #2 is made of plastic with a brass cover. The cover is decorated by a Lucite technique which resembles faux tortoiseshell.
#1 metal covered comb measures 4 ins (10 cms) closed and 7¾ (19 cms) opened.
#2 faux tortoiseshell effect comb measures 4 ins (10 cms) closed and 7¾ (19 cms) opened.
Lucite is a diverse material, appearing in many forms, colours and styles in jewellery and personal items from the 1940's on, although it was most popular during the '40's and '50's. It is an acrylic resin, and a type of thermo-set plastic. This is a broad-based term referring to any plastic that, once heated and formed, cannot be melted down and reformed.
Although clear in its original state Lucite can be tinted virtually any colour, in ranges from transparent to opaque, with a number of interesting variations. One of these is the tortoiseshell effect seen on comb #2.
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Two vintage vanity combs from the mid century (AAA)
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