A marvelous example of the imaginative things that can be created from celluloid. Celluloid, or cellulose plastic, was invented in 1867. It was not until the turn of the century, however, that celluloid's popularity rapidly increased due to the discovery of how easy the plastic was to work with and to color. The age of celluloid was short-lived, however, when it was found to be flammable. During the 1920s, other less flammable plastics like Galalith and Bakelite drew the prime spot on the desirability charts. This is one of the reasons people collect celluloid jewelry. It's era was limited; the examples of true celluloid are not nearly so numerous as those of the other plastics.
Our haircomb is from a museum or an exhibition. On the back of the comb is a collection label reading 1946 D-O. We believe the 1946 refers to the identification label, not to the date the piece was made. This has all the looks of a 19teens piece, rather than a 1940s one. The comb itself is a light colored thermoset plastic and it is in perfect condition with no broken teeth. The head was glued on, as designed. Exquisitely rendered, a finely woven wicker basket holds a grand harvest of fruits and vegetables, with tomatoes, cauliflower, bunches of grapes, bananas, a peach and who knows what else! Detail: gorgeous. Work: meticulous. The head alone measures 2 1/2"W X 1 7/8"H. The teeth of the comb add another inch+ to the height. This comb was made when women wore their hair long and up, as in a Gibson style. A miracle that the comb has survived all these decades in such good condition. No chips, cracks, flakes or other imperfections. A gentle cleaning with a mild soap (highly watered down original Dawn is recommended) would benefit, but is certainly not necessary.