A classic matched pair of late Victorian or Edwardian rhinestone hair pin ornaments
CONDITION: good vintage condition with accepted wear
SIZE: 4 ins h x 1 ins w (10 x 2.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell, metal, rhinestones
Here is a classic matched pair of attractive two pronged hair combs or hair pins which probably date from the late Victorian or Edwardian period.
They made in celluloid faux tortoiseshell with a simple curved top. The separate heading is of polished brass which is attached to the celluloid prongs by small cuffs. Each prong of the comb is separately applied. Faceted clear rhinestones are bezel set into the curved heading.
This is a very attractive pair of classic combs which are very wearable today, either for re-enactors or with a modern updo. They would adorn a classic French twist or a high chignon equally for everyday or a dressy evening occasion.
The collage picture includes similar examples taken from contemporary photographic sources of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods and shows the fashionable hair dressing of the day.
Simple two pronged hair accessories like these are characteristically made in one solid piece of the material, which might be horn, tortoiseshell, or some synthetic like celluloid. They usually have only one or two tines and their top or heading in a simple shape such as a horseshoe or rectangle, sometimes with the addition of rhinestones or a little openwork decoration.
Combs such as there were made in pairs and sets of four and were worn throughout the 19th and early 20th century. They could perform both an ornamental and a useful function, being used to hold the elaborate coiffures of the day in place as well as to adorn the hair. The plainer ones are more likely to have been used simply to hold the style.
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Matched pair hair combs Late Victorian rhinestone hair accessories