Contributed by Maine Historical Society
An elaborately carved woman's hair comb made of tortoiseshell features tiny crosses in the center, surrounded by a laurel wreath and sprays of laurel.
Large hair combs -- many of which rose above the hair on the back of the head -- were popular adornments for evening and other fancy occasions, especially in the 19th century.
About This Item
- Title: Hair comb, ca. 1820
- Creation Date: circa 1820
- Subject Date: circa 1820
- Media: Tortoiseshell
- Local Code: CA28
- Object Type: Physical Object
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
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