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Comb

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)
    England (made)

  • Date:

    about 1906 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hodel, Joseph (designer)
    Hodel, Joseph (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory, mounted in silver and set with mother-of-pearl, sapphires, green stained chalcedony and a fire opal matrix

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Vivian Lobb

  • Museum number:

    M.18-1939

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 29, shelf C, box 3

Joseph Hodel of the Bromsgrove Guild designed this comb. He showed it at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition in 1906 in London, where it was probably bought by May Morris. She was the younger daughter of the artist and socialist William Morris and was also showing her own jewellery.The comb is set with colourful cabochon-cut (dome-shaped) stones, as was much Arts and Crafts jewellery.
The Arts and Crafts movement developed in the middle of the 19th century and lasted well into the 20th. Its followers disliked industrial production and the heavy and excessive decoration of the time. They wanted a return to traditional hand-crafted methods of manufacture, appropriate ornament and fresh, unpretentious design.

Physical description

Four toothed ivory comb with spreading silver back in the form of foliage set with mother-of-pearl, sapphires, green stained chalcedony and a fire opal matrix.

Place of Origin

London (made)
England (made)

Date

about 1906 (made)

Artist/maker

Hodel, Joseph (designer)
Hodel, Joseph (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Ivory, mounted in silver and set with mother-of-pearl, sapphires, green stained chalcedony and a fire opal matrix

Dimensions

Height: 4.3 in, Width: 2.875 in, Depth: 0.9 cm

Descriptive line

Comb, ivory mounted in silver, set with mother of pearl and coloured stones. English, about 1906. Made by Joseph Hodel of the Bromsgrove Guild.

Production Note

Signed by Joseph Hodel.

Materials

Silver; Ivory; Mother of pearl; Sapphire; Chalcedony; Opal

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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