A large and striking faux goldstone confetti Lucite hair comb
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 8 ins h x 8 ins w (20 x 20 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1900 – 1920s
This very beautiful and unusually large comb is probably made from one of the newer synthetics, either Catalin or Lucite, which allowed a number of exotic decorative effects. Lucite is the queen of diversity, appearing in many forms, colours and styles in jewelry. The variety called confetti Lucite encompasses a wide range of variations, all basically a transparent form of Lucite with chips or glitter resembling metallics or mother of pearl or even rhinestones encased so that they appear to float in the material.
In this case the openwork design on the heading has been made with tiny gold metallic fragments which are suspended in the plastic.
The final picture shows a series of contemporary illustrations with similarly over sized large hair combs.
Combs like this seem to have originated in the USA and are generally known as "glitter" or sometimes "goldstone" effect combs, in imitation of the mineral known as goldstone which has glittering iron pyrites in it. Trade names for such effects were Tinseloid, Goldstone or Goldaleur.
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