Category Archives: Russian Hair Comb

More Treasures from The Frances Wright Collection

Frances has been generous enough to share more of her treasures with us. The photographs were taken by her husband, Terry Wright. This is a Romanov comb, the real thing. Faint now. It is tortoiseshell, with a gold, silver, and … Continue reading

Posted in Chinese Hair Comb, Edwardian Hair Comb, English Hair Comb, Frances Wright Collection, Han Dynasty, Huasheng, Qing Dynasty, Romanov comb, Russian Hair Comb, Victorian Hair Comb | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Comb at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The description the museum gives is Date: 1700 – 1938 Culture: American or European Medium: Bone. In 1705, Tsar Peter the Great wanted to rid Russia of its technological backwardness and import Western style and ideas. He looked to France … Continue reading

Posted in Russian Hair Comb | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Faberge Hair Pins on E-Bay

This is an exquisite set of three Faberge 18K gold, diamond and tortoiseshell hair pins. The geometric mesh is a distinctly Russian design. The combs also have an Imperial-style border and come in their original box. They are selling for … Continue reading

Posted in Russian Hair Comb | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

The Real Sophia, wife of Ivan the Great, on a Russian Orthodox Comb

In 1237, Genghis’s grandson Batu-Khan invaded Kievan Rus and burned all its cities to the ground. Ivan III Vasilyevich — the Great (1440-1505) defeated the Mongols and took the land back. He also rebuilt the Kremlin, which was then a … Continue reading

Posted in Russian Hair Comb | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Russian Tortoiseshell Parure

This parure highlights hand-inlaid gold and silver on tortoiseshell. Each cameo has a complex floral pattern in a geometric frame. The balls on top of the comb show the influence of Napoleon’s Josephine. The cultural exchange between Russia and France … Continue reading

Posted in Hermitage, Russian Hair Comb | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Ebay: Russian Comb by Faberge Workmaster Erik Kollin

A tortoiseshell comb with an 18K gold bar decorated with rose- and white-gold sculpted flowers is selling for $1650 on Ebay France. It comes in its original box, with the maker’s name. EK: Erik August Kollin, FabergĂ©’s Finnish head workmaster … Continue reading

Posted in Russian Hair Comb | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Diamond and Aquamarine Tiara

Topped by a pear-shaped aquamarine, this tiara was owned by Princess Olga Valerianovna Paley. She was born Olga Karnovitsch on Dec. 2, 1865, married Erich Gerhard von Pistohlkors in 1884, had an affair with Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia, … Continue reading

Posted in Russian Hair Comb, Tiara | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

More Faberge Brooches for the Hair

This silver brooch is a character in another Russian fairy tale. A knight tries to find the magic garden, wherein resides the water of life. He flies on winged horses. This horse is made of silver, white, and yellow gold. … Continue reading

Posted in Russian Hair Comb | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Brooches for the Hair

Many times, a brooch had two fittings. One to enable the woman to wear it as a pin, and another to permit the brooch to be worn as a comb. I had a call from Geneva, Switzerland, today offering me … Continue reading

Posted in Russian Hair Comb | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Tlingit Comb

The Tlingit were a matrilineal society, who lived on the Southeastern Alaska Coast. Their religion was mostly Russian Orthodox. Tlingit Shamans wore combs and hairpins during ceremonies, as well as when they were not practicing tribal medicine. This wooden comb … Continue reading

Posted in Russian Hair Comb | Tagged , | Leave a comment