A pair of classic mid Victorian hinged faux tortoiseshell hair combs
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1850s – 1880s
MATERIALS: faux tortoiseshell, metal
#1 curved comb measures 3½ ins h x 4 ins w (9 x 10 cm)
#2 rectangular comb measures 3 ins h x 4 ins w (7.5 x 10 cm)
Here we have two handsome examples of classic hinged mid Victorian hair comb.
The main feature of this type of comb is that the heading is adjustable, being attached to the prongs by a flexible hinge of gilt metal, which allows it to rotate through 90 or more degrees. This type of hair accessory specifically designed to be worn at the rear of the hairdressing, within or covering the chignon.
Both are made in celluloid faux tortoiseshell and are unadorned. They are the type of hair comb which a Victorian lady would have worn for everyday. They would suit a re-enactor seeking to recreate a period costume.
Alternatively, they could be embellished by their new owner.
The final illustration includes examples of similar hair accessories from contemporary sources.
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Two mid Victorian hinged hair combs faux tortoiseshell hair accessories