Feb 2, 2009

Combs, Combs, Combs

The gals of the Victorian and Edwardian eras sure loved their hair accessories. They must not have felt dressed unless they had a doodad in their coiffure, because an awful lot of these decorative hair combs and pins have survived. Far rarer are the bandeaus and tiaras. By far the greatest number of combs found today are celluloid in a wide variety of colors. Sometimes the celluloid is treated to pass as tortoiseshell or ivory, but most are simply celluloid in a variety of treatments and colors. And rhinestones were the decor of choice for celluloid. They make a fun and werable collectible, as long as they are kept out of direct sunlight or heat. One of the components of celluloid is gunpowder, and it can be notoriously unstable. We have a number of these at www.pastperfectvintage.com/thefansandcombs.htm, but here are 3 we just posted up:
from left to right: small clear celluloid comb with black overlay and green and blue stones, a large early Art Deco style yellow with green stones, and a small dark amber with gold stones.

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