Items from the Jen Cruse Collection, On Sale

Items from the Jen Cruse Collection, On Sale

Jen Cruse, author of The Comb: Its History and Development, is selling some of her ethnic collection at Michael Backman Ltd, an art gallery in London.

Many of these pieces appear in her book.

The descriptions are as scholarly and beautifully phrased as Cruse’s writing.

Whether buyer or student, these combs are worth your consideration.

As of Friday, August 8, 2014, these items remain unsold.

Bamboo, Wood & Wire Comb
Bali, Indonesia
early 20th century
Cruse, p. 118

Fine Wood Stick Comb
Karo-Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Cruse, p. 118

Man’s Woven Comb (Faa)
Kwaio People, Malaita, Solomon Islands
early to mid-20th century
Cruse, page 139

‘Hand of Fatima’ Wooden Comb
Islamic North Africa
circa 1900

Frond & Woven Cord Comb
Fly River, New Guinea
early to mid 20th century
Cruse, page 138

Curved & Etched Wooden Hairpin
late 19th century – 20th century
Cruse, page 103

Etched Wooden Comb
20th century
Cruse, p. 103

Long Bamboo Comb
Alor, Eastern Indonesia
mid-20th century
Cruse, p. 118

Engraved Silver Hair Pin
Tuareg or Peul (Fula) People, Sahara region, Northern Africa
20th century
Cruse, p. 107

Engraved Silver Hair Comb with Coins
Bedouin People, Middle East
early 20th century
Cruse, p. 107

Comb with Silver Mounts and Inset with Carnelian and Lapis Lazuli
Turkmen People, Central Asia
19th century

Among the sold items are some rare silver filigree combs from Goa, India, which were made in the late 19th Century. These two are especially notable. The descriptions state:

“These dramatic combs of silver filigree are of Indian craftsmanship but made in the European style. Western India is the likely area of manufacture and possibly
Goa, which has a long filigree tradition due to Portuguese colonial influence. Silver filigree was used in local churches to make crowns and other paraphernalia to decorate religious images.”

The first comb “comprises a hinged head of three petal-like elements decorated with Indian lotus scrolling. The filigree is elaborately decorated with spheres, swirls, appilque floral buttons, and feather-like flourishes.”

The second comb “comprises a hinged head of silver filigree arrayed in a crown-like format with four aigrette-style finials. (It is possible that at one stage, the comb had another, central such finial.)”

These combs appear in Cruse’s book on page 109.

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