This gorgeous 1920's or early 1930's Spanish influenced large hair comb or mantilla comb adorn a lady at one time, probably at a evening ball or a night out. Intricate beauty! A mantilla is a lace or silk scarf worn over the head or shoulders of a woman. The scarf would be worn over this high comb. This became very popular in the 17th and 18th century by women in Spain and Latin America. I mostly remember seeing these beauties on the lady flamenco dancers. The actual tortoiseshell comb became an object of beauty in the XIX century. Then in the 1920's the Spanish influence hit the US in fashion. Back came the large tortoiseshell mantilla combs without the scarf.