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Hair comb

Hair comb with 4 tortoise shell tines set onto a hinge. Front of comb has 4 garnet circles. 2 inner circles are larger and 2 outer circles are smaller. Each circle is made up of 5 concentric circles (each riveted). Each of the 5 concentric circle is made up of bands of small round garnets. ...

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Anna Fitzgerald; by descent to Breshnaham; by descent to Jeffries; 2011, Robert Sprowl by inheritence from his mother Margo Jeffries Sprowl; 2012, gift of Sprowl to the MFA. (Accession date: March 28, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Sprowl in memory of Margo Jeffries Sprowl

Czech Republic, 1890s


Length x width: 7 x 9.5 cm (2 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gilt metal, garnet, plastic (tortoise shell?) for comb


Textiles and Fashion Arts


Jewelry / Adornment