Condition: Excellent

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.)

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