Holding The Key - Pique Hair Comb
The Greek key pattern has graced architecture and the decorative arts design for thousands of years. Its undulating wave-like structure brings a sense of classicism to any object. Here the motif is used in pique work of rose gold that alternates with fields of pinpoint polka dots. In addition the surface of the Greek keys has been hand impressed with tiny dots. The outer edge has been appointed with a border design of twisted silver.
Set into dark tortoise shell, the arched curve of the hair comb serves to outline the head with a deep shimmering halo. Hinged, the comb can work either as a tiara or as a simple comb adornment. The seven (7) prong comb is carved of blond tortoiseshell.
The comb measures 4-1/8 inches at the longest by 7/8 of an inch wide for the pique tiara and is 3 inches in length from the bottom of the comb to the top of the pique area (10.5 cm long by 2.2 cm wide by 7.5 cm). It is in very good to excellent condition; on the reverse of the comb are a few tiny losses to the edge of the tortoise shell that cannot be seen from the front or when worn. It is circa 1870 and most likely English in origin.