A handsome polished brass hair comb with looped ribbon design
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear for age
SIZE: 3 ins h x 4¼ ins w (7.5 x 10.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1850s – 1880s
Here is a very handsome comb in cast brass which probably dates from the mid Victorian period. The comb has four brass tines which are riveted onto the heading at the back. The design of the arched heading is based upon a bar upon which a length of ribbon has been wrapped. The design is moulded all in one and finished off with engraving and repousee work to add detail.
This comb would have been intended to be worn in the back of the dressing. The final picture shows further examples of mid Victorian back combs and the kinds of elaborate hair styles in which they were worn.
The hairstyles of the mid-Victorian period were large and impressive, with vast quantities of false hair being used to form a huge chignon or, for the evening, trailing ringlets. Therefore the ornaments which were used to adorn them were often equally large and impressive. Large and handsome combs would have been used by a fashionable Victorian lady to adorn the back of the hair, probably being placed above a large chignon. For day they were made of plain horn or tortoiseshell, carved or twisted into ornate designs. For evening, no ornament could be too large or too elaborate.
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Mid Victorian metal hair comb with ribbon design hair accessory
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