Costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Comb
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.
Length: 12.7 cm / 5 in.
Width: 10.2 cm / 4 in.
University of New Hampshire Library
Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator
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Combs (hair ornaments), Late 19th century, Celluloid, Rhinestones, Yellow (color), Crystallization