Two Combs I Like on Ebay

The first is this Victorian ivory comb with carved lilies of the valley in a swirl pattern that meets in the middle. There is a slight chip at the back, which does not detract from its value. The comb is English, c. 1850, a beautiful piece. I’ll post the final price at the end of the auction. I have already been outbid, and do not have a snipe bid registered to win. What I’ll be interested in is whether a new or experienced collector takes this.

The second comb is a stunning Birmingham silver piece by Henry Adcock. A gallery of flowers is surrounded by a frame of polished silver “gems.” On top are three sea shells, meticulously decorated. Marked. c. 1810. The dealer wants $811 in a Buy It Now. I would not pay full price, but this comb is a star. What I’d want to know is whether this seller has the time to wait for the $800, or does the comb have to move. In the latter case, there is room for negotiation.


For more scholarly research, please see these combs in our Resource Library.

Hair Combs: Identification & Values

Combs and Hair Accessories

The Comb: Its History and Development

2 thoughts on “Two Combs I Like on Ebay

  1. W P Richardson

    I have a very nice 1808 Henry Adcock decorative hair comb similar in style to that discussed above, I have been contemplating passing this onto the market, I thought I may give you first refusal. Please mail me if you wish me to send pictures and details.


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