Matched pair rhinestone hair combs in imitation tortoiseshellMatched pair rhinestone hair combs in imitation tortoiseshellMatched pair rhinestone hair combs in imitation tortoiseshellMatched pair rhinestone hair combs in imitation tortoiseshellMatched pair rhinestone hair combs in imitation tortoiseshellMatched pair rhinestone hair combs in imitation tortoiseshellMatched pair rhinestone hair combs in imitation tortoiseshellMatched pair rhinestone hair combs in imitation tortoiseshellMatched pair rhinestone hair combs in imitation tortoiseshellMatched pair rhinestone hair combs in imitation tortoiseshellMatched pair rhinestone hair combs in imitation tortoiseshell

A pretty matched pair of late Victorian hair combs with rhinestone trim

CONDITION: 1 hairpin has 2 dull stones otherwise good vintage condition with expected wear

SIZE: 4½ ins h x 1½ ins w (11 x 4 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s

MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell, rhinestones

DESCRIPTION:

Here is a very pretty matched pair of two pronged combs or hair pins which date from the period around the turn of the 20th century.

They are made from imitation tortoiseshell with a curved top profile. This is decorated with an engraved design which has been in-filled with white pigment to emphasize the pattern. It has been further accentuated by a border of clear rhinestones.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

The collage picture shows similar hair ornaments taken from contemporary illustrative sources and the hair styles with which they were worn.

Simple two pronged combs such as these were made in pairs, or sometimes set with a larger matching comb. They were worn throughout the 19th and early 20th century. They could perform both an ornamental and a useful function, being used to hold the elaborate coiffures of the day in place as well as to adorn the hair.

Hair pins like this are characteristically made in one solid piece of the material, which might be horn, tortoiseshell, or some synthetic like celluloid. They usually have only one or two tines and their top or heading in a simple shape such as a horseshoe or rectangle, sometimes with the addition of rhinestones or a little openwork decoration.


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ITEM ID
DUP19-07-26
ITEM SIZE
4½ ins h x 1½ ins w
ITEM TYPE
Vintage, Antique
COLOR
Brown
FASHION ERA
Victorian

Matched pair rhinestone hair combs in imitation tortoiseshell

$130

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