Pretty imitation tortoiseshell hair comb late Victorian or Edwardian
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 5½ ins h x 3 ins w (14 x 7.5 cm) 3 ins h (7.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell
Here is an attractive Spanish style comb which dates from the late Victorian or possibly Edwardian era.
The ornament is made in celluloid faux tortoiseshell with a tall oval shaped heading. This is further embellished with open panels of scroll work.
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.
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Classic late Victorian hair comb with scroll work hair accessory
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