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A Spanish style faux tortoiseshell hair comb from the late Victorian period

CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear

SIZE: 5½ ins h x 3 ins w (14 x 7.5 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s

MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell

DESCRIPTION:

Here is a very handsome tortoiseshell celluloid Spanish style hair comb dating from a period which straddled the turn of the 20th century. The ornament has an attractive scalloped heading with openwork. This shows a symmetrical design in a combination of leaf shapes and scroll work which is typical of Art Nouveau in its more popular manifestation.

The collage picture shows a selection of illustrations from contemporary sources with similar hair accessories and the hair styles with which they were worn.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

The collage picture shows a selection of illustrations from contemporary sources with similar hair accessories and the hair styles with which they were worn.

The first Art Nouveau ornaments were hand made and carved from clarified horn. These were very expensive and beyond the means of working people. They were quickly followed by mass produced versions made in celluloid for the popular market. These cheaper versions reproduced the typical motifs of the genre, but were produced by machine. Typically they were made in translucent amber and faux tortoiseshell effects with a swirling asymmetric design suggestive of organic forms.


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ITEM ID
DUP19-10-84
COLOR
Brown
FASHION ERA
Edwardian
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Art Nouveau style hair comb faux tortoiseshell interlaced hair accessory

$90


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