A lovely Victorian faux tortoiseshell back comb with green glass stones
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 3 ins h x 4½ ins w (7.5 x 11 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
MATERIALS: faux tortoiseshell, metal, glass stones
Here is a very beautiful back comb dating from the late Victorian or Edwardian periods. The ground material is celluloid faux tortoiseshell. Along the top of the heading is mounted a decorative panel of gold tone metal, into which are set three faceted green glass stones.
The final picture illustrates similar hair accessories from contemporary sources and shows the hair styles with which they were used.
A back comb is a type of hair ornament which is specifically designed to be worn on the rear of the dressing. It is deeply curved on the horizontal plane to fit comfortably against the curve of the skull. Such combs are usually wider than they are high, their primary purpose being to support and ornament an up do. They are usually finished along the top of the heading with some form of decoration such as a metal application or rhinestones.
Combs like this were immensely popular in the period around the turn of the 20th century when they helped support the puffed out Gibson Girl hair dressing and the huge hats of the period.
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Victorian hair comb green glass stones hair ornament