A pretty cut steel hair comb as a three dimensional flower
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 3 ins h x 1 ins w (7.5 x 2.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
MATERIALS: cut steel, metal
Here is a very pretty cut steel hair pin which probably dates from the later part of the 19th century.
The heading is attached by a hinge to a comb mount of white metal with two tines to secure it in the hair. This little flower ornament may originally have been one of a matched pair or set.
The flower is arranged in two separate layers and is so densely packed with the faceted studs that the supporting metal framework is invisible. It is made up of small faceted studs with a much larger stud set into the centre of the daily like flower.
In Victorian steel good such as this the faceted studs were riveted to base plates of various metals such as brass, tin or silver alloys. The studs were so often closely massed together as to completely obscure the base plate. The individual steel studs were inserted into metal frames.
As the 19th century progressed the quality of the individual studs began to deteriorate, together with the amount of facets used. In early steel work as many as 15 facets were used. However later Victorian work often shows only five.
Cut-steel remained popular until the late nineteenth century. At that time mass manufacturing began to produce whole ribbons of studs by stamping them out by machine instead of faceting them individually and riveting them in place. As quality began to deteriorate demand began to fall. The late Victorian pieces had nowhere near the quality or beauty of the earlier work.
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Cut steel mid Victorian hair comb in flower shape hair ornament