A fine early Victorian silver plated hair comb with engraved floral design. CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear. 4 ins h x 4 ins w (10 x 10 cm) decorative part 1½ ins h (4 cm).
Here is a classic hair comb from the early Victorian period. It probably dates from the period 1830s 1840s. This pretty early Victorian hair comb is made from silver plating on steel. The classic restrained design is typical of the period.The comb has a scalloped and serrated profile to the heading and eight long metal tines, which are attached separately. These are all in good condition, not bent or twisted. The heading is engraved with a beautiful asymmetric design of the type which is typical of such combs. It features classic flowers which resemble roses and tulips with their foliage. This type of ornament is often known as Spanish or mantilla comb because it resembles a smaller version of the traditional large shell ornaments worn by Spanish ladies with their native dress. In practice any comb which has a high upstanding heading or top which stands proud of the top of the head is often called a mantilla comb. The collage picture shows sitters from contemporary sources, revealing the fashionable hair style and wearing similar ornaments. These are taken from an engraved fashion plate who dates from the late 1840s. It shows 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. The item "Early Victorian silver plated engraved hair comb hair ornament" is in sale since Friday, August 10, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Periods & Styles\Victorian".
The seller is "simitra" and is located in Manchester, the World's First Industrial City. This item can be shipped worldwide.