Japanese Vintage Kushi Comb and Sheath | Rare Tsuge, (boxwood) | Traditional Wooden Hair Care Comb | Oroku Ryouba-gushi Comb | 1930s
This set of three, (3), Kushi Combs are made of boxwood. This style of comb has very fine teeth on both sides of a center ridge. This type of come was a traditional hair styling accessory for everyday use. One multi toned without a sheath and two with sheaths, (one natural wood; one lacquered), was used to support the combing function and removed when the comb was used as a decorative hairpiece. When a lacquered sheath is present it was typically left in place after use and functions as a decorative element. Condition: All three combs are in excellent condition with no missing teeth, broken parts, and no defects of note. Our images show not only the combs and condition but illustrate how the sheath functions). Dimensions: 3-3/4” w x 2-1/2” – 2-0” h.
Additional Information —
It is believed that the Japanese boxwood made hair healthy and shiny because they caused less static electricity, preventing hair from breaking off. The Japanese people thought Japanese boxwood was better than different materials for making combs. Japanese boxwood is considered to be a rare type of wood, and during a short period of time was imported from overseas because of the demand.
The Oroku comb is roughly divided into four types by the usage and function. They are as follows: Suki-Gushi, (hair cleaning comb which was discontinued after the war when shampoo became in fashion); Tokash-Gushi, (General everyday hair styling comb with little rough teeth); Sashi-Guchi (Ornamental comb, usually lacquered and ornamented); and finally Yui-Gushi (combs with a handle used in Coiffures, Chonmage styling, and still used by sumo wrestlers and taiko’s hair stylists.)
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection