Museum of Design in Plastics

Early PlasticsTortoiseshell Effect Back Comb

In this period, back combs were used to add volume to hair for up styles. This high backcomb is made of cellulose nitrate (celluloid) with a brown and yellow streaked patterning to mimic tortoiseshell. The comb has five claw teeth and a simple, solid heading, without embellishment or piercing.

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