A pretty amber coloured hair comb from the Art Deco period
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear for age
SIZE: 5 ins h x 3 ins w (13 x 7.5 cm) decorative part 2½ ins h (6 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
A pretty Art Deco period hair comb in translucent amber coloured celluloid. The comb has a high rectangular heading with panels of openwork design.
The final picture illustrates similar hair accessories from contemporary sources and shows the hair styles with which they were used.
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.
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Art Deco amber celluloid hair comb hair accessory