Large Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb asymmetric stylingLarge Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb asymmetric stylingLarge Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb asymmetric stylingLarge Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb asymmetric stylingLarge Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb asymmetric stylingLarge Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb asymmetric stylingLarge Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb asymmetric stylingLarge Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb asymmetric stylingLarge Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb asymmetric stylingLarge Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb asymmetric stylingLarge Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb asymmetric styling

A large and handsome faux tortoiseshell Victorian Spanish style comb

CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear

SIZE: 6¼ ins h x 3½ ins w (15.5 x 9 cm) decorative part 3½ ins h (9 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s

MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell

DESCRIPTION:

Here is a classic faux tortoiseshell comb of the type which was worn in the mid to later Victorian period. The comb has a high pointed heading with an asymmetric design which is inclined to one side. The open heading panel features a pieced design of flowers and leaves with distinctive Art Nouveau influence.

The ornament is fashioned out of one large solid piece of the mid brown mottled form of faux tortoiseshell. The material is very nicely marked and polished. The “tortoise” type patterning is very pronounced, with well defined mottling of lighter semi transparent patches on a dark opaque ground. The comb has seven tines which are nicely shaped and have no loss or breakage.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

This type of ornament is often known as Spanish or mantilla comb because it resembles a smaller version of the traditional large shell ornaments worn by Spanish ladies with their native dress. In practice any comb which has a high upstanding heading or top which stands proud of the top of the head is often called a mantilla comb. Such combs are worn placed high on the head in order to allow the beauty of their ornamental cresting to be admired.

The collage picture shows further examples of such hair accessories and the hair styles with which they were worn


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ITEM ID
DUP19-04-066
ITEM SIZE
6¼ ins h x 3½ ins w (15.5 x 9 cm) decorative part 3½ ins h (9 cm)
ITEM TYPE
Vintage, Antique
COLOR
Brown
FASHION ERA
Victorian

Large Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb asymmetric styling

$130


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    N Rossman
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