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Most of the large, decorative combs that were fashionable for wearing on the back of the head (sometimes two or three were worn at a time) from about 1800 to 1840 were made from the shells of sea turtles, most commonly the hawksbill turtle. Horn was sometimes used as an alternative to tortoiseshell, or, when dyed, as an imitation of that more expensive medium.

Details

  • Title: Hair comb
  • Date Created: c. 1825-1835
  • Location Created: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 7 x 7 3/4 inches
  • Provenance: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Bequest of Miss Julia F. White, 1937.224
  • Type: Personal Artifact
  • Original Source: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Bequest of Miss Julia F. White, 1937.224
  • Medium: Horn
  • Date end: 1835

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