Costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Comb
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.
Length: 9.2 cm / 3.625 in.
Width: 7.3 cm / 2.875 in.
University of New Hampshire Library
Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator
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Combs (hair ornaments), Late 19th century, Celluloid, Cast brass, Scrollwork, Crystallization