Fuchsia Berry Peineta Flamenco Comb
A LARGE AND IMPRESSIVE SPANISH MANTILLA STYLE HAIR COMB IN FAUX TORTOISESHELL WITH FUCHSIAÂ CABOCHON EMBELLISHMENT.
This sale is for a good and heavy quality Spanish style hair comb with large Fuchsia cabochons.
SIZE: 7 ins h x 6 ins w (18 x 15 cms)
This is a very heavy quality comb made from celluloid faux tortoiseshell tines riveted to an antiqued metal filigree heading. It is done in an intricate openwork pattern with an attractive scalloped border. The design is set with a number of green ceramic cabochons with a very large one placed in the center.
This manner of wearing this type of decorative comb is shown in the accompanying photograph in picture 5.
This comb is of the type known as a Spanish or mantilla comb because it resembles the traditional ornaments worn by Spanish ladies with their native dress. In this tradition a beautiful lace scarf is draped over a high comb which was made of beautifully carved tortoiseshell. The use of the very tall Spanish comb has a very long history of use throughout the 19th century and has never been out of fashion in Spain. Nowadays they are an essential part of the costume used in flamenco and other forms of Spanish dance.