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H5076 Hair comb, imitation tortoiseshell with tag, cellulose nitrate / paper / thread, made by Auguste Bonaz, Ain, France, 1950. Click to enlarge.

Hair comb by Auguste Bonaz

The museum's plastics collection began in the 1930s with the acquisition of specimens of plastic raw materials and finished products. The collection was driven largely by Arthur de Ramon Penfold (1890-1980), a former industrial chemist, who worked as curator and later director of the museum from 1927 until 1955.

Throughout the early 1900s the Sydney Technical College and the Sydney Technological Museum held similar aims and objectives regarding the promotion, use and development of local …


Object No.


Object Statement

Hair comb, imitation tortoiseshell with tag, cellulose nitrate / paper / thread, made by Auguste Bonaz, Ain, France, 1950

Physical Description

Hair comb, cellulose nitrate, made by Auguste Bonaz, made in France, 1950

A plastic dressing comb, imitation tortoiseshell. Wide and fine tooth sections on opposing sides with a decorative central dividing bar with 'bow' motif extending along scalloped and shaped outer edges.


Engraved signature "Auguste Bonaz" and gold paper manufacturers label, printed in black 'Auguste Bonaz / PARIS'.



45 mm


205 mm



This comb was made by Auguste Bonaz in Oyonnax, Ain, France in 1950. It was made using cellulose nitrate.



This comb was made by Auguste Bonaz. He was a well known French designer who made combs, jewellery and a range of other decorative items in the Art Deco style. His father set up Maison Bonaz in Oyonnax, France in the middle of the nineteenth century. Auguste, continued the family business and set up a shop in Paris. This comb was made in Oyonnax an area famous for producing combs. It became a major centre for the production of plastics after World War Two.


Credit Line

Purchased 1950

Acquisition Date

9 July 1950

Cite this Object


Hair comb by Auguste Bonaz 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 30 May 2023, <>


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