A handsome matched pair of celluloid faux tortoiseshell hair combs
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear for age
SIZE: 5 ins h x 2 ins w (13 x 5 cm) decorative part 1½ ins h (4 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell
Here is a pretty matched pair of celluloid faux tortoiseshell hair pins or two pronged hair combs. They probably date from the period around the turn of the 20th century.
These ornaments have a rectangular heading with an openwork panel. They were used for either holding the hair in place but are pretty enough to be ornamental as well. They would suit a re-enactor or anyone seeking to replicate a vintage hair style of this period.
The final picture illustrates similar hair accessories from contemporary sources and shows the hair styles with which they were used.
Simple two pronged combs such as these were made in pairs, or sometimes set with a larger matching comb. They were worn throughout the 19th and early 20th century. They could perform both an ornamental and a useful function, being used to hold the elaborate coiffures of the day in place as well as to adorn the hair.
Hair pins like this are characteristically made in one solid piece of the material, which might be horn, tortoiseshell, or some synthetic like celluloid. They usually have only one or two tines and their top or heading in a simple shape such as a horseshoe or rectangle, sometimes with the addition of rhinestones or a little openwork decoration.
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Matched pair celluloid faux tortoiseshell hair combs or hair accessories