Friday, April 4, 2014

Gifts of Grandeur: The Henry Wilson Comb, 1900

Henry Wilson, 1900
The Victoria & Albert Museum

This comb/hair ornament of silver has been neatly set with garnets along the head of the comb which is decorated with a pierced medallion of a crab--the symbol of the zodialogical sign Cancer.

This is the work of Henry Wilson whose jewelry is distinctive for its rich and unique color combinations and sculptural qualities. Wilson was a notable Arts and Crafts designer, and like many of his contemporaries, originally trained as an architect. 

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