Silver engraved hair comb inset with unusual looped heading design
CONDITION: good vintage condition with accepted wear
SIZE: 4 ins h x 4 ins w (10 x 10 cm) decorative part 1¼ ins h (3 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1820s – 1840s
This very beautiful unmarked silver hair comb is typical of the late Georgian to early Victorian period. Hair combs of this period tend to be fairly modest in size and classic in their design.
The curved heading has an irregular outline which forms a partly scalloped profile along the top of the heading. It is made up of separate pieces of metal joined together. The entire surface is further enriched by an etched design of floral character with chubby scrolls.
The comb has nine metal prongs which are riveted to the bottom of the heading panel.
The comb can be compared with those represented in the final picture which dates from the late 1840s. It comes from an engraved fashion plate of the period and shows a number of models with fashionable hairdressing and hair combs. The typical early Victorian hair dressing has bunches of curls at the sides and a plaited or twisted chignon low on the back. Into this is placed a metal comb with repousee work or set with stones. Such combs are very similar in character to our example here.
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Early Victorian hair comb silver with looped design and engraving