A pretty Edwardian hair comb with filigree openwork and rhinestone trim
CONDITION: good vintage condition with acceptable wear
SIZE: 4 ins h x 1 ½ ins w (10 x 4 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1900 - 1910
MATERIALS: metal, celluloid faux tortoiseshell, rhinestones
Here is a very pretty Edwardian period hair comb which dates from around the turn of the 20th century. It has two prongs of celluloid faux tortoiseshell which are set into brass sleeves that are attached to the heading of white metal. This is made in a classic openwork design featuring a leaf motif and is set with clear rhinestones.
This is an excellent example of the smaller and daintier hair accessories which were in fashion in the first few years of the 20th century. The collage picture shows some examples from contemporary fashion illustrations and the hair styles with which they were worn.
Fashions in hair dressing changed in the last ten tears of the 19th century. The styles were simpler and a softer, fluffier appearance was fashionable. From the 1900s the Gibson Girl coiffure was popular, whereby the hair was fluffed out over pads with wisps often escaping at the back and sides.
Along with these softer and more feminine coiffures hair accessories grew smaller, lighter and more delicate. Airy openwork designs, such as those of filigree were popular. Small combs made from metal of openwork faux tortoiseshell were set at an angle into the high topknot. Where stones are used they are set in lacy openwork metal mountings, or resemble miniature coronets on a rotating hinge.
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Edwardian hair comb rhinestone filigree hair ornament AAA
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