Handsome Victorian hair comb faux tortoiseshell Spanish style hair ornamentHandsome Victorian hair comb faux tortoiseshell Spanish style hair ornamentHandsome Victorian hair comb faux tortoiseshell Spanish style hair ornamentHandsome Victorian hair comb faux tortoiseshell Spanish style hair ornamentHandsome Victorian hair comb faux tortoiseshell Spanish style hair ornamentHandsome Victorian hair comb faux tortoiseshell Spanish style hair ornamentHandsome Victorian hair comb faux tortoiseshell Spanish style hair ornamentHandsome Victorian hair comb faux tortoiseshell Spanish style hair ornamentHandsome Victorian hair comb faux tortoiseshell Spanish style hair ornamentHandsome Victorian hair comb faux tortoiseshell Spanish style hair ornamentHandsome Victorian hair comb faux tortoiseshell Spanish style hair ornament

A nicely marked Victorian faux tortoiseshell Spanish style hair comb

CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear

SIZE: 4½ ins h x 3½ ins w (11 x 9 cm) decorative part 2 ins h (5 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 curved heading and 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 five tines which are nicely shaped and have no loss or breakage.

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

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.

By the late 19th century genuine tortoiseshell had become very expensive. Therefore most of the hair ornaments which appear to be made of shell are, in fact, made from synthetics. These faux tortoise combs can be very pretty and effective since it is unusual to find two with exactly the same markings. Some of them are very convincing and are skillfully treated to imitate the random brown and orange mottling of genuine tortoiseshell. However, examined with a loupe, genuine shell has a three dimensional quality which cannot be duplicated.


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ITEM ID
DUP19-04-077
ITEM SIZE
4½ ins h x 3½ ins w (11 x 9 cm) decorative part 2 ins h (5 cm)
ITEM TYPE
Vintage, Antique
COLOR
Brown
FASHION ERA
Victorian

Handsome Victorian hair comb faux tortoiseshell Spanish style hair ornament

$120


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