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, brass

Description

Late 19th century. Yellow celluloid hair comb with a cast brass scrollwork decoration and four teeth. 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 and corroding the brass.

Extent

Length: 9.2 cm / 3.625 in.
Width: 7.3 cm / 2.875 in.

Museum Number

428b

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, Cast brass, Scrollwork, Crystallization

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