Victorian Hair Comb - Cut Steel Horse Shoe for Luck
This Victorian Hair Comb made out of Cut Steel is a collector item and one that we personally love. Two pronged, hinged Victorian hair combs were popular in the 1870's - 1880's. The hinge allowed for the angle of the decorative top to be adjusted to suite the elaborate up-do hairstyles worn to formal Victorian balls. Cut steel in candle light, or low light conditions, reflects light better than diamonds. This particular piece has no rust and light surface scratching to the comb piece. The comb visually appears to be made of horn. In Victorian times, horn from cows, was used as an alternative to tortoiseshell. The horn was boiled to remover its natural color and then sometimes painted or stained to imitate tortoiseshell mottling. Cut steel is becoming harder to find, especially pieces in good condition. Moisture is cut steel's enemy and many pieces have been destroyed over the last hundred years due to rust. This Victorian hair comb would be a classy addition to an up-do and a business suit. Who couldn't use a horse shoe for luck?
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Dimensions: roughly 3.5 inches long and 1 inch wide on the cut steel decorative part
Date: 1870's to 1880's
Weight: 6.7 grams or 4.3 dwt