Monthly Archives: September 2009

Modern Hair Sticks

Whether the tops are sculpted wood, the woods are exotic and multicolored, the style is geisha, or a lampwork bead is on top, modern hair sticks are bold, brightly colored, and full of imagination. My favorite artist is Susan Maxwell … Continue reading

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Two Lovely Things On Ebay

Two beautiful combs just sold on ebay. I won one, jcollect won the other.This first one was an ivory comb with three delicately carved panels, which frame roses. Each side is edged with a leaf decoration. c. 1890. English. Measurements: … Continue reading

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Did Not Sell

This diamond and pearl tiara on a two-pronged blonde tortoiseshell comb, c. 1890, is being sold at Sothebys in Hong Kong on April 10, 2007. Est. $32,000 to $38,000. :O That’s a shocking price, but let’s see! I have never … Continue reading

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Kanzashi

Kanzashi are Japanese hair pins, which ornament a geisha’s nihongami, or coiffured black wig. Maiko, or younger geishas, wear more ornaments than the older, more experienced women. Different flowers are worn for each season. Kanzashi are different than kushi (comb) … Continue reading

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Crabs!

This kushi-kogai set sold on Trocadero, from JCollector, for $2200 a number of years ago. Ridiculous price. I had the money then. ;-) I had to sell this during a house sale that took too long, and mourn it still, … Continue reading

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Unsold on Ebay

A few months ago, this set of tortoiseshell hair pins with pearls and diamonds, priced at $1200, went unsold. I understand the jewelry was real, but the design is common. If you value just the pearls and those small diamonds, … Continue reading

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The Fabulous Katie Holmes

Being married to Tom Cruise has made Katie Holmes one of the most beautiful women in the world. To accompany her subtle-pink-satin, scalloped Armani dress, she wore a magnificent set of jade hair ornaments when she attended the Vanity Fair … Continue reading

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My Collection and Latest Grab :-)

Here are the combs in my coffee table vitrine. :-)Also, here is my latest grab. I sniped it. I know some of the people who bid, and I think they cursed my name. ;-PPPP No, I jest. But I love … Continue reading

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Two Lovely Victorian Hair Combs

Hand-done plique a jour is extremely rare. I have only seen one other piece with this kind of work, and it was part of the Norma Hague collection. This Victorian gold-and-silver plique ball and chain on a tortoiseshell hairpin, c. … Continue reading

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Edo Bird in Flight

Early Edo Japan is one of my two favorite periods of comb art. The other is French art nouveau. But recently, an Early Edo comb of a bird flying from a branch into the sunlight was featured on the web. … Continue reading

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