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Georgian Cut Steel Hair Comb

Georgian Cut Steel Hair Comb
Georgian Cut Steel Hair Comb
Georgian Cut Steel Hair Comb
Georgian Cut Steel Hair Comb
Georgian Cut Steel Hair Comb
Georgian Cut Steel Hair Comb
Georgian Cut Steel Hair Comb

Georgian Cut Steel Hair Comb   Georgian Cut Steel Hair Comb

A mid-nineteenth century cut steel hair comb/pin featuring a wheat sheath finished with a bow and set with an articulating celluloid hair comb, 3.5 in tall by 1 in wide, comb length 2 in, circa 1850. Cut steel jewelry originated in eighteenth century england, but enjoyed popularity throughout the late nineteenth century. Demand was further catalyzed when napoleon gifted his second wife, marie louise, a parure of cut steel jewelry on the occasion of their marriage.

Structurally, these jewels are formed from faceted and polished studs which are riveted into a back plate with pre-drilled holes. The finest examples of cut steel jewelry feature three-dimensional designs with a variety of stud sizes and shapes, but all pieces were highly polished to provide high reflectivity not unlike the sparkle of diamonds under candlelight. Unfortunately for the collector, much cut-steel jewelry has not survived until today due to being stored in poor conditions leading to rust.


Georgian Cut Steel Hair Comb   Georgian Cut Steel Hair Comb