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Classic polished black Victorian mourning hair ornament

CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear

SIZE: 3 ins h x 3½ ins w (7.5 x 9 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1880s - 1900

MATERIALS: celluloid

DESCRIPTION:

This hair comb was purchased from an extensive private collection of museum quality hair accessories and jewellery and is fresh to the market.

Here is a plain classic mid to later Victorian mourning comb of the type which would probably have been favoured by an older lady. It is made from glossy black celluloid and has a wide heading which is cut into facets.

The final picture is taken from a series of contemporary fashion photos which illustrate the fashionable mourning hair accessories of the period.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Because of its dark appearance it is possible that this comb was worn for mourning. This etiquette decreed that in deep mourning, the widow and close relative of the deceased must dress in plain dark garments. The only ornaments allowed to be worn at this time were those of jet, which is a natural material found in Whitby, a small town on the East coast of the United Kingdom. In order to extend the supply of jet when it became exhausted, various other materials were employed. One of these was black celluloid.


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ITEM ID
DUP 20-12-25
COLOR
Black
FASHION ERA
Victorian
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Victorian hair comb polished black mourning hair accessory

$150


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