A collection of three faux tortoiseshell effect bandeau combs from early 20th century.
CONDITION: good vintage condition with accepted wear
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s
MATERIALS: celluloid, steer horn
Here is a collection of three back combs dating from the late Edwardian to Art Deco period. All the combs are faux tortoiseshell effect. The comb with the fancy work on top is made from steer horn while the other two are celluloid.
They are ideal for historic hairdressing of for re-enactors to produce a period effect.
#1 large comb top measures 2½ ins h x 6 ins w (6 x 15 cm)
#2 comb on right measures 3½ ins h x 5 ins w (9 x 13 cm)
#3 comb on left measures 3½ ins h x 4 ins w (9 x 10 cm)
A back comb is a type of ornament which is specially designed to be worn at the rear of the head. Such ornaments are usually deeply curved to fit the back of the skull, which makes them unsuitable for wearing anywhere else. Typically they are broader than they are high, and have a top of heading finished off with some kind of decorative edge or border. Often this incorporates decorative metal plaques set with faceted stones.
Combs such as there reached the apex of their popularity in the years around the turn of the 20th century. They were used to prop up the puffed out Gibson Girl hair dressing and also to support the large hats of the day.
The final picture shows a collection of similar hair accessories from this period taken from contemporary sources, and illustrated the hair styles with which they were worn.
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Three vintage hair combs faux tortoiseshell effect hair accessories