Barbaraanne's Hair Comb Blog

Scholarship Creates Value

Because most people consider hair combs to be the miscellaneous throwaway items of estate sales. They are not. They are serious works of art, made by the greatest artists of all periods in all cultures. My blog talks how they follow the philosophy and other art forms of their time. Our community of authors and readers would like museums to notice this art form in its own right.


15 Responses to "Scholarship Creates Value"

hi barbara,

i was wondering if i could send you a couple pictures of my favorite combs from my collection, and if you would tell me anything you might know about them? i would never dream of selling them, but i’ve always wanted to know what time period they might be from, or what area in the world they may have come from. thank you.


Of course! My email is Send ’em on down! I’ll tell you what I can. Whatever I don’t know. I know people who have been collecting for 30+ years, and they’ll know. :-)

I need help with what I think is an important art noveau designed tortoise, gold, diamond and ruby hair comb in the original box by HOF & KAMMER jewelers for A.E.KOCHERT in Vienna. This one made around 1900. It is one of the finest Viennese Art Nouveau examples that I have seen. One of the four prongs is broken off and I am not sure if it can be restored or if it should be left alone. I can send jpg if you would like. Really need an opinion on what to do about the broken prong I am told it can be carved and pinned back but I am also told that less is better and it should be left alone. Any help or ideas would be appreciated.

Spencer, send me a picture. I’ll do some research for you.

Yippee! I found you at last!! You disappeared for a while, then the eBay blogs dried up and *poof* – gone!

The world of the comb is getting nuts on eBay, for some reason. So it’s nice to find a place where reasonable obsession is understood and passions shared and get the info on these fine hair jewels from someone who understands them.

Also would love to find some cool styles in which to wear the combs. I purchase combs that I love, but I also use them. Have you any recommendations for sites that have interesting styles for someone with very long hair (but no skill to speak of?)?!

Peggy E.
Door County, WI

I recommend Longlocks Hairsticks because Susan is a great artist. For the antique combs themselves, you just have to look online or travel to find them. They are not a commodity. For modern barettes, hairpins, combs that continue the couture of Lalique and Bonaz, I recommend There is a store on Madison Ave. The manager’s name is Jovy. Her number is 212 717 2122. They are expensive though! :-) Susan’s hair sticks are about $100 a pair, and the antique combs go for whatever they go for, depending on demand, rarity, signature, condition, material, etc. Thanks for finding me! Welcome. :-)

I’m a writer working on a book about plastics and one of the things I’m looking is the rise of plastic (mainly celluloid) combs. Would you be free for a phone interview?

Of course I’d be available for a phone interview. I could also put you in touch with other people, who know more than I do. Write to me at, and I’ll give you my phone number in private. :-)

I found your blog while looking up kanzashi, and couldn’t look away from all the other beautiful combs. Lovely!

Any thought on these Origin, circa etc TIA bradtyler at America on Line


Bali, or perhaps another part of Indonesia.

Just found your blog through a web search for “Regency tiara”, and I’m thrilled! I do a fair amount of historical reenactment in various periods, and IMHO the thing that makes the critical difference between being a “girl in a dress” and looking like an authentic lady of the Elizabethan/Regency/Victorian/Edwardian/any historic period is how one dresses one’s hair and head. Delighted to have found you — I’ve bookmarked your blog for future return visits. Thanks!

Thank you, Mary. I am very pleased to meet you. Best…

so i’m doing an assignment on ancient Japanese jewellery and i was wondering if you have any pictures of kanzashi? preferably older then 1800?

Angela, forgive me. I’ve been on vacation. Yes. You can search the blog and also go to and

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