Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Q: The other day I came across a beautiful comb my husband thinks belonged to his aunt, a Hollywood starlet in the 1930s. It has a peacock feather design with green rhinestones. Do you know anything about its history and value?

A: Your art deco comb could date from the 1930s. It imitates the style of Spanish mantilla combs used for holding lace in a hairdo, a shape popular about 1910. Vintage combs do not sell as well as more wearable pieces of jewelry. It is worth about $50 to $100.

1 comment:

Nancy Gibson said...

I collect combs, and while that one is lovely, it seems to me that the price of combs has come down a great deal in the last 5 years. Great if you are a new collector, not so great if you have collected an over abundance and your husband would like you to get rid of some. The writer also should examine the comb for celuloid "virus" that destroys old combs. There are websites that can let them know what to look for and how to combat it. Careful storage is also important. No hot places. Good luck.