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  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1809-1810 (hallmarked)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Adcock, Henry (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, cast and bright cut

  • Credit Line:

    Lt. Col. G. B. Croft-Lyons Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 15, shelf C, box 1

This silver comb imitates the brightly polished cut steel with pierced or faceted decoration which was so fashionable that it influenced the design in more expensive materials like silver. It would have been worn in a high hair bun. The styalised plumes or feathers are reminicent of the real feathers of an aigrette ( a hat or hair ornament to support a feather decoration) which were popular in aristocratic circles of the period.

Physical description

Silver comb, cast in imitation of cut steel with ten long teeth, the handle in the form of three plumes. Cast filigree work with bright cut ornament.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)


1809-1810 (hallmarked)


Adcock, Henry (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, cast and bright cut

Marks and inscriptions

Birmingham hallmarks for 1809-1810.

Maker's mark of Henry Adcock


Height: 14.6 cm, Width: 9.5 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Descriptive line

Silver comb, cast in imitation of cut steel, maker's mark of Henry Adcock, England, Birmingham hallmarks for 1809-1810

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Stemp, Sinty, "Ornamental or Useful: A Cut Steel Chatelaine by Boulton and Wedgwood", The Journal of the Antique Metalware Society, Vol. 17, June 2009, ISSN. 1359124X, p. 6, ill.




Metalwork; Personal accessories; Jewellery


Metalwork Collection

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