Hair comb, ca. 1820

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.

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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

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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