A handsome late Victorian hair comb in imitation tortoiseshell
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 6½ ins h x 3½ ins w (16 x 9 cm)decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell
Here is an attractive imitation tortoiseshell Spanish style hair comb from the late Victorian period. It has four tines and a high rectangular heading which is filled with an attractive openwork design of flowers and foliage.
The collage picture shows similar hair ornaments taken from contemporary illustrative sources and the hair styles with which they were worn.
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.
Ask me about my convenient Layaway plan
Imitation tortoiseshell Spanish style hair comb hair accessory