Handsome asymmetric Art Deco French ivory hair comb
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear for age
SIZE: 6½ ins h x 6¼ ins w (16 x 15.5 cm) decorative part 3½ ins h (9 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
MATERIALS: celluloid, rhinestones
Here is a striking Art Deco cream celluloid hair comb made in an asymmetric design inclined to the right. The comb is made in a variation of the iconic fan shape, in which lines or blades radiate out from the base of the heading. This heading design, with its openwork panel and “pulled down” corner is typical of many combs of the period, with radiating lines or panels resembling sunrays, or perhaps the spokes of a wheel.
One theory about such designs is that the sun rays emerged from the popular vogue for sunbathing which began at this time. Previously ladies had shunned the idea of sunbathing. Another theory is that the spoke like designs reflected the wheel, and the obsession with speed and technology. This was the age of the car and the plane after all!
The final picture illustrates similar hair accessories from contemporary sources and shows the hair styles with which they were used.
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Art Deco French ivory hair comb asymmetric design hair ornament