Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection
 

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Creator

Unknown

Date Created

Late 1800s

Subject

Costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Comb

Medium

Celluloid, rhinestones

Description

Late 19th century. Yellow celluloid hair comb with eight rows of yellow rhinestones radiating out from a central point, and four teeth which have now broken off due to degradation of the material. Celluloid is an early plastic that mixed cellulose nitrate with a plasticizer, which is now leaching out and degrading the material, breaking it down into crystals.

Extent

Length: 12.7 cm / 5 in.
Width: 10.2 cm / 4 in.

Museum Number

428a

Publisher

University of New Hampshire Library

Contributor

Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator

Date Digitized

2-25-2019

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Comments

The Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection digital catalog was produced by the UNH Library Digital Collection Initiative, supported in part by a grant from the Mooseplate program and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Additional funding provided by the E. Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.
Photography copyright, Astrida Schaeffer.

Keywords

Combs (hair ornaments), Late 19th century, Celluloid, Rhinestones, Yellow (color), Crystallization

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