A handsome wedge shaped hair comb from the Art Deco period
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 6 ins h x 3½ ins w (15 x 9 cm) decorative part 3½ ins h (9 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell
Here is an attractive hair comb dating from the Art Deco period. It is made in celluloid faux tortoiseshell and has a high wedge shaped heading with small openwork panels at the two top corners.
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. Such combs are worn placed high on the head in order to allow the beauty of their ornamental cresting to be admired.
The collage picture shows similar hair ornaments taken from contemporary illustrative sources and the hair styles with which they were worn.
Such frequently large Spanish style combs became extremely fashionable in Britain and America during the early 20th century. They were worn in a characteristic manner, being placed in the side or back of the hairdressing at an acute angle, and in such a way that the tall heading stood up proud. This enabled the often beautiful openwork decoration or the decorative effect which had been applied to the material, to be viewed from all angles, and for the details to be seen effectively outlined against the light.
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Art Deco wedge shaped hair comb faux tortoiseshell hair ornament