Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish mantilla style hair accessory (AGA)Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish mantilla style hair accessory (AGA)Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish mantilla style hair accessory (AGA)Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish mantilla style hair accessory (AGA)Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish mantilla style hair accessory (AGA)Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish mantilla style hair accessory (AGA)Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish mantilla style hair accessory (AGA)Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish mantilla style hair accessory (AGA)Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish mantilla style hair accessory (AGA)Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish mantilla style hair accessory (AGA)Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish mantilla style hair accessory (AGA)Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish mantilla style hair accessory (AGA)

A handsome late Victorian hair comb in celluloid faux tortoiseshell

CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear for age

SIZE: 6 ins h x 3¼ ins w (15 x 8 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s

MATERIALS: celluloid

DESCRIPTION:

Here is a pretty celluloid faux tortoiseshell comb with an openwork heading and a spiky top profile. 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.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Changes in the manner of dressing the hair around 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.


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ITEM ID
DUP19-05-193
ITEM SIZE
6 ins h x 3¼ ins w (15 x 8 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)
ITEM TYPE
Vintage, Antique
COLOR
Brown
FASHION ERA
Victorian

Victorian faux tortoiseshell hair comb Spanish mantilla style hair accessory (AGA)

$90


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