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Apple Seed Comb

A true Victorian invention – the Apple Seed Comb.

A description of which follows – The three rosettes with which this comb is ornamented are made of apple seeds, fastened on a circular piece of stiff lace and varnished. The illustration shows the comb two-thirds the full size. The stiff lace is encircled with fine wire. The seeds are sewn on with fine silk, in single rows, beginning at the outer edge , and placing them in such a manner that the round side should be uppermost. When completed, the rosettes are varnished with shellac dissolved in spirits. They are then dried, after which they are glued to the comb and given a coat of copal varnish.

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