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The Comb: Its History and Development

Cruse, Jen

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ISBN 10: 0709081375 / ISBN 13: 9780709081371
Published by Robert Hale
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Title: The Comb: Its History and Development

Publisher: Robert Hale

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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The Comb surveys the wide spectrum of the subject from ancient cultures to the 20th century. The principal materials together with the combmaker's craft are described, up to and including the important plastics developed since the mid-19th century. There are brief descriptions of the decorative elements that further embellish combs, together with a comprehensive glossary of terms associated with the subject. The book elaborates on the use of combs as articles of grooming and dressing, on ornamental combs as costume accessories, and on combs which have had specific purposes at various points in history such as those used within a liturgical setting. A short section also refers to combs depicted in paintings and stained glass, on family shields and tombstones, and on ceramics and textiles. Global in content, the study illustrates the comb as a personal possession with the context of widely differing cultures. The author has drawn on the knowledge, expertise, and experience of other collectors and scholars which, together with the results from her own original research, form a wide-ranging reference book to fascinate and beguile anyone interested in the many facets of the subject.

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Jen Cruse's personal collection consists of over 1,500 combs, both decorative and utilitarian, the oldest dating from the second century BC.

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