.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Antique Haircombs
& Accessories


0743 252 7929

LogoText
 
 
Homepage
 
About Us
Online Store
Articles
Terms & Conditions
Frequently Asked Questions
Background Information
Contact Us
 
Useful Links
 

 
Shopping Cart
 
Items:
Total:  
 
View Cart
 
Featured
 
Auguste Bonaz
Auguste Bonaz
 
 
 
FruitArt Deco Collection
Page:  [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 ]
 
Previous Page Background Information Next Page
 

Click image for gallery view

Flapper Shingle Comb

Ref: DE-0208-001

This unusual hair accessory is not really an ornament at all but an article used for cutting the hair at home in the early 20th century! At this time many young women began to cut their long hair very short in the boyish looking bob, and later the even more brief shingle.

Pictures 5 and 6 show examples of this extremely short boyish hair style.

Beauty salons were not very widespread at this time and confined to large cities. So many people had to cut their hair at home using aids like this which were available through catalogues.

The comb was placed on top of the hair with the teeth pointing downward. The lower edge formed a guide for cutting a straight edge on the hair. It is made from dark brown celluloid and is marked to show that is was patented on August 20th 1914. An interesting piece of costume and hairdressing history!

Size: 3 x 5¼ ins (approx 8 x 13 cms)

£20.00

View CartAdd to Cart
Top of Page
Top of Page

Click image for gallery view

Deep Amber Celluloid Overlay Fan Shaped Hair Comb

Ref: DE-0911-001

This large sized hair comb is made by an interesting manufactured technique called celluloid overlay. This is where the item is made in two separate castings of contrasting colours. Here for example a transparent base coat has been cast with a shiny upper shell in a mottled faux tortoise effect which shows along the edges of the swirled design and the tips of the tines.

The comb has a classic motif of radiating lines and terminating in a scalloped profile. This is yet another version of the iconic sunray motif which is found on many combs of the period and may refer to the popular craze for sun bathing.

The final illustration is taken from a fashion engraving in a popular magazine of  1923 century. It shows the sitter wearing an oversized comb of a similar type.

Size: 6½  x 6½  ins; (approx 16.5 x 16.5 cms)

£40.00

View CartAdd to Cart
Top of Page

Click image for gallery view

Oversized “Confetti Lucite” Gold Glitter Comb

Ref: AD-1201-002

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. 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.

The final picture is taken from a French magazine and shows a sitter with a similarly over sized large hair comb worn at an acute angle.

Size: 8 ins h x 8 ins w (20 x 20 cms)

£50.00

View CartAdd to Cart
Top of Page

Click image for gallery view

French Ivory Blue Green Rhinestone fan Shape Comb

Ref: AD-1201-005

The motif of “palm leaves” which appears in the centre of the heading of this lovely comb was an archetypal Art Deco one, and appears in many forms. Sometimes it is abstracted to a series of lines or mere spokes which radiate out from the base of the heading. In other combs it resembles the rays of the sun. The palm leaves design was one of the pseudo Egyptian or oriental designs which became popular after the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1927 and the consequent popularity of all things Egyptian.

The ornament is are made from an early celluloid substance,  popularly known as French ivory, because it was invented to substitute for the much more expensive elephant ivory which was becoming rare and expensive by the early 20th century.

The “palm” leaves and the surrounding borders are encrusted here with bright blue rhinestones, giving the ornament a very vivid appearance. The final picture is taken from a fashion illustration dated 1923 and shows a sitter with a similar large Spanish style comb.

Size: 6¼ ins h x 5½ ins w (approx 16 x 14 cms)

£40.00

View CartAdd to Cart
Top of Page

Click image for gallery view

Celluloid Overlay Egyptian Influence Comb

Ref: AD-1201-006

Art Deco was an eclectic movement, which gathered in elements from a number of different milieus. Some of the most important originated in various Middle Eastern and Oriental lands. One of the most popular was that of the Egyptian. There was no attempt to reproduce genuine Egyptian ornaments, and the designs were a pastiche featuring Egyptian type motifs such as scarab beetles or the heads of pharaohs, or featuring typical Egyptian like materials such as faux turquoise, coral or lapis lazuli.

In this attractive comb we see an archetypal motif of the period in a series of palm like motifs which radiate outwards from the base of the heading. Each palm is further embellished with blue rhinestones and dark blue lacquer.

This comb is also an example of the process of laminate celluloid (sometimes called celluloid overlay) which produced a two tone effect layering two pieces of coloured celluloid together, sometimes carving or incising designs to expose the contrasting colours. The final illustration is from a contemporary coloured postcard of the early 20th century.

Size: 6 ins h x 6½ ins w (approx 15 x 16.5 cms)

£45.00

View CartAdd to Cart
Top of Page
Top of Page

Click image for gallery view

Egyptian Revival Hair Comb with Stylised Pharaohs Head

Ref: DE-1401-003

This unusual comb and very striking hair comb is an excellent example of how the Egyptian Revival movement was interpreted for the popular American market.

The base material is French bright red celluloid with a wedge shaped heading cut into a triangular shape at the top of the wedge. The deep red contrasts with the bright blue paint which has been applied to the border, and the added motifs. Chief of these is the “pharaoh” head within an oval cartouche which has been placed in the centre.  The colours used – deep blue and dark red, are typical of ancient Egyptian tomb paintings and help to give the comb its Egyptian look.

The Oriental theme in costume and ornament was very strong in the opening years of the 20th century. This taste for the exotic was given a fresh impetus by the discovery of the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamen in 1922. There was no attempt to reproduce genuine Egyptian ornaments, and the designs were a pastiche featuring Egyptian type motifs such as scarab beetles or the heads of pharaohs, or featuring typical Egyptian materials such as faux turquoise, coral or lapis lazuli.

Size: 6¼ ins h x 4½ ins h (16 x 11 cms)

£100.00

View CartAdd to Cart
Top of Page
 
Previous Page Store Index Next Page
 
Powered by Miter

Cards Accepted
©2013 Copyright Simitra's Exquisite Things

e-commerce price conversion