A handsome translucent celluloid hair comb with rhinestone border
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 5 ins h x 3½ ins w (13 x 9 cm) decorative part 2¼ ins h (6 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
MATERIALS: celluloid, metal, rhinestones
Here is a classic Spanish style comb of the type which was worn in the mid to later Victorian period. The comb has a high rectangular heading which is set with a graduated border of clear rhinestones on either side.
The ornament is fashioned out of one large solid piece of the dark amber form of celluloid simulating blonde tortoiseshell. The material is very nicely marked and polished with distinct shading and a lovely translucent effect. The comb has nine tines which are nicely shaped and have no loss or breakage.
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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Victorian Spanish style hair comb with rhinestone trim hair ornament