Two mid century vanity combs in pearlized and confetti Lucite
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 4 ins (10 cms) closed and 7¾ (19 cms) opened.
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1950s – 1960s
MATERIALS: celluloid, Lucite, metal
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 by a Lucite technique with a confetti effect whereby pale silver metallic flakes are embedded in the material. Comb #2 is made of plastic with a brass cover. The cover is decorated by a Lucite technique with a swirled mother of pearl effect which is tinted pale blue.
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 so-called Confetti Lucite. This is basically a transparent form of Lucite with chips or glitter resembling metallics, mother of pearl or even rhinestones encased so that they appear to float in the material. Lucite can also simulate mother of pearl, tortoiseshell, malachite and other interesting effects.
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Two vintage vanity Lucite combs from the mid century (AAB)