Monthly Archives: January 2010

I bought this

Set of two Meiji tortoiseshell kanzashi with plovers on them. The last two shell kanzashi I bought arrived broken. Let’s hope the third one’s the charm! lol I paid a whopping $77 for them on ebay. I love the seller, … Continue reading

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Edo, the era of beauty

All the artists who made these combs, c. 1800, are unknown. The first is carved and incised ivory with openwork, showing two cranes pointing at a family crest, which in Japanese is called KA-MON. KA means families with their own … Continue reading

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The Peacock

First, Rene made a simple horn comb. Then he attached a gold medallion with inlaid mother-of-pearl clovers. He elongated the horn on the top-right to frame a real peacock feather. To hold the feather in place, he carved and attached … Continue reading

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Diamond and Sapphire Tiara

C. 1850, this tiara’s wreath boasts seven graduated oval-shaped sapphire and diamond flowerheads. They rest on a rose-cut diamond branch. In the middle is the most elaborate flower and largest sapphire. Last summer, it sold for $100,144 in London.

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Tanimbar Whale Bone Comb

Sometimes tribal artists can grab your eyes to look at and understand their ancient worlds. This whale-bone comb from the Tanimbar Islands in the Maluku Province of Indonesia dates back to the 1900s, as the patina shows. The head figure … Continue reading

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Bats and Sapphires

Rene Lalique made a comb he called, “Bats.” I did a collection of combs with rats and bats on them, I guess this was his entry into rodent life. :-) They are made of blue enamel on a horn comb. … Continue reading

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I bought this.

Had to. It had ballies on the end of it. It is stamped Dominick & Haff, an American silver company, 1871, 100% Sterling. The design is quite unusual. I wanted it. C’est la vie.

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The Solomon Islands

This comb comes from the Solomon Islands of Australia. Its curve was made by a flattened hand. Twenty-five dark-brown tapered wooden prongs form the teeth. The top is held together with thin strings of woven plant fiber, creating compatible red … Continue reading

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Child & Child

Best known for its British Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau jewelry, this firm opened in 1880, producing neo-Renaissance pieces. From 1891 – 1916, the imaginative, bright enamel work on their peacock, wing, and insect designs won them Royal patronage. … Continue reading

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