A pretty vintage faux tortoiseshell hair comb with openwork
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 6½ ins h x 3½ ins w (16 x 9 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1920s
Here is a comb whose light and delicate appearance is typical of the hair accessories which appeared around the turn of the 20th century. The material is faux tortoiseshell with two tines. The delicate asymmetric heading has been pierced into a delicate lace like design.
The final picture illustrates similar hair accessories from contemporary sources and shows the hair styles with which they were used.
Changes in the manner of dressing the hair in the late \round 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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Vintage faux tortoiseshell effect hair comb with pierced openwork