A pretty Edwardian silver plated engraved hair comb
CONDITION: some wear to plate on back otherwise good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 5 ins h x 1½ ins w (13 x 4 cm) decorative part 2 ins h (5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1900 - 1910
Here is a pretty silver plated hair comb whose light and delicate appearance is typical of the hair accessories which appeared around the turn of the 20th century. It has an asymmetrical design of leaves and flowers which shows unmistakable Art Nouveau influence.
The final picture illustrates similar hair accessories from contemporary sources and shows the hair styles with which they were used.
Changes in the manner of dressing the hair in the late round the turn of the 20th century led to a taste for smaller and lighter hair accessories than those which had been fashionable for the previous 20 years. The fashionable style was now the “Gibson Girl” look, where hair was dressed out over pads in a fluffy and feminine style with wisps escaping at the sides. With these softer styles the taste was for smaller ornaments, especially those with a light, openwork appearance.
In response to the fashion for smaller lighter hair ornaments around the turn of the 20th century we find many sterling silver and silver plated two pronged and one pronged hair combs being produced. Typically the tines are corkscrew twisted to enable them to grip the hair. These are mostly done in a pierced openwork design which bears some resemblance to Art Nouveau interlacement. They have the appearance of being stamped out on a machine which is typically the case. Usually they are further embellished with engraved designs. The nicer ones may be enriched with enamel or set with stones of some kind. There are also those made in an asymmetric design shaped like leaves or fern fronds.
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Vintage silver plated hair comb Art Nouveau styled hair ornament