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Large Victorian Tortoiseshell Hair Comb With Gold Cornucopias of Roses

997 P
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A fine example of a late 19th century tortoiseshell hair comb with applied gold decoration. The decoration is extremely elaborate and incorporates baroque foliage of roses and flowers. This decorative element is held in place with fine rivets which pass through the shell and can be seen from the back. It is based on the Spanish peineta that is used to hold up a mantilla. This ornamental comb, usually made in tortoiseshell
originated in the 19th century. It consists of a convex body and a set of prongs and is often used in conjunction with the mantilla. It adds the illusion of extra height to the wearer and also holds the hair in place when worn during weddings, processions and dances.

Written by Olly Gerrish

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Date & Origin

Condition

Very Good

Provenance

English

Materials

Tortoiseshell

Hallmarks

Unmarked

Measurements

Heigh 14.5 cm
Width 11.2 cm

Item Number

997 P

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