French Tortoiseshell Comb

This masterpiece was made in France, c. 1830 – 1850 and resides in the Musée Galliera – Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris.

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4 Responses to French Tortoiseshell Comb

  1. bem02 says:

    That is one load of carving! Imagine all the patience it took to do that!

  2. BarbaraAnne says:

    I have never seen anything like it. The stems going to the hearts with the crosswork inbetween is such a beautiful play on peacock feathers. The center medallion. This one knocked me out.

  3. peggy elliott says:

    I don’t suppose anyone knows whose fortunate locks this work of art adorned? Maybe no one ever wore it.

    Can you imagine the horror of dropping it while attempting to tuck it in?!

    Amazing, gorgeous, my poor little tort combs are now hiding their heads in shame and humility. I love them, anyway!

  4. BarbaraAnne says:

    Peggy, you are right. I couldn’t imagine dropping this. I also couldn’t imagine being a heart surgeon not succeeding in an operation, or a stock broker losing millions of someone else’s money. Not for me.

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