Lattice design Art Deco hair comb with blue rhinestone trim
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 5 ins h x 4½ ins w (13 x 11 cm) decorative part 2½ ins h (6 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1820s – 1930s
MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell, rhinestones
Here is an Art Deco hair comb with a wedge shaped heading which features a very distinctive lattice design. Dark blue rhinestones are located at the intersections for further embellishment.
The collage picture shows a selection of illustrations from contemporary sources with similar hair accessories 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.
Such combs became extremely fashionable in Britain and America during the early 20th century. They were worn in a characteristic manner, being placed in the side or back of the hairdressing at an acute angle, and in such a way that the tall heading stood up proud. This enabled the often beautiful openwork decoration or the decorative effect which had been applied to the material, to be viewed from all angles, and for the details to be seen effectively outlined against the light.
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Art Deco lattice design hair comb rhinestone hair accessory