Art Nouveau hair comb interlaced design hair accessory - image 1 of 12

A pretty faux tortoiseshell hair comb in Art Nouveau styling

CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear

SIZE: 5½ ins h x 3 ins w (14 x 7.5 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s

MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell


This attractive late Victorian hair comb is made from celluloid faux tortoiseshell with a high Spanish style heading in a wedge shape. The heading is filled with an openwork interlaced design which shows the influence of Art Nouveau styling.

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.

FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING ON THIS ITEM, Ask me about my convenient Layaway plan on selected items
5½ ins h x 3 ins w

The Spanish Comb

Art Nouveau hair comb interlaced design hair accessory


Add to Cart
Make Offer
Email Shop Owner

Another shopper is interested in this item

Antique and Vintage Hair Combs, Accessories, Jewellery and Vanity Items from Around the World
NEW ITEMS added each week


since 2012

Est. TaxWe have been unable to calculate the tax due to an unexpected error. Please try again.
Shipping to: USA


Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l LLC Logo