This is a beautiful horn hair comb / Peigne d’Alger. The hinge allows the heading to rotate so that the ornament can be worn in various positions and swing as the wearer moves. It could be sited within a chignon with the top folded down or worn in various positions in a coiffure.
The hairstyles of the Victorian period were large and impressive, with false hair being used to form a huge chignon or trailing ringlets. Ornaments used to adorn these hairstyles were often large and impressive. This type of comb was designed to be worn in a number of different ways, according to the fancy of the wearer.