A large and handsome faux tortoiseshell barrette to support Gibson Girl hair style
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear for age
SIZE: 2 ins h x 5 ins w (5 x 13 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1900s – 1910s
MATERIALS: celluloid, metal
Here is a large and handsome barrette in celluloid faux tortoiseshell, which is further embellished with studs of polished brass. It closes with the classic “loop and bar” fastening and probably dates from the late 19th or early 20th century.
The fashionable puffed out “Gibson Girl” hair dressing needed to be supported and this was often achieved by placing a series of combs or a large barrette at the rear of the dressing. The collage picture shows a number of contemporary illustrations of how such combs and barrettes were used with this dressing.
The fashionable puffed out “Gibson Girl” hair dressing needed to be supported and this was often achieved by placing a series of combs or a large barrette at the rear of the dressing. These combs and barrettes were often very lavishly adorned with metal decals and rhinestones, or other fancy treatments. The oval barrette #3 has an attractive design which is certainly influenced by the Art Nouveau movement.
The large barrettes and combs also helped to support the huge hats of the turn of the century period.
By this period genuine tortoiseshell had become very expensive. Therefore most of the hair ornaments which appear to be made of tortoise are, in fact, made from synthetics. These faux tortoise combs are some of the prettiest to be found at this period, since it is unusual to find two exactly alike. Some of them are very convincing and difficult to distinguish from the genuine material, and are skilfully treated to imitate the brown and orange mottling of genuine tortoiseshell.
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Large faux tortoiseshell hair barrette hair ornament hair clip or slide Edwardian
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