sterling silver comb fitters come in all different sizes 

Sterling Silver Dresser Set
Comb Repair and Replacement

 Sterling silver comb fitters with broken teeth in the plastic combs
 sterling silver comb fitters with new tortiseshell plastic

Sterling Silver fitter for comb come in all different sizes

There is a huge variety in the design of sterling silver comb fitters.  The top comb (above) is one of the largest sterling silver comb fitter, below that is one of the smallest.  The tortoiseshell plastic combs for replacement come in all different sizes in 1/8" to  1 /4" increments, but each one needs to be fitted to the sterling silver fitter.  This takes time and great care.  After the comb is filed, shaped, sanded and polished,, both the sterling silver and plastic comb are polished.  Finally, the sterling comb is riveted into place. 


 sterling silver fitter with broken comb 
 sterling silver comb fitter with new tortiseshell comb replacement

Sterling Silver fitter with comb replaced

The plastic comb also keeps the thin sterling silver fitter straight and prevents the seam from splitting. In other words, the structure of the plastic is important to the long term survival of the antique silver comb. If the plastic comb is broken, protect the sterling silver fitter from being bent.


 Very rare gold comb fitter

Very rare gold comb fitter with new comb

In over 40 years I have only seen one gold comb fitter. The plastic tortoiseshell comb was replaced.


 sterling silver combs come in a wide variety of styles.

Sterling silver dresser combs  

Dresser sets came in a wide variety of styles. The sterling silver fitters are all different. The plastic comb replacements must be filed to fit each sterling silver fitter, then the comb is riveted into place. 


 Notice that the engraving on the sterling silver comb fitter is different for each comb.

Notice the engraving on the sterling silver comb fitter

The engraved initials on the sterling silver fitter dictates the layout of the plastic comb.  In the above photo, the top comb is right handed, and the middle comb is left handed.  The bottom comb has engraving along the spine (not visible in this photo.)  


 Endless variety of antique sterling silver comb fitter

sterling silver combs come in a wide variety

Look for the sterling mark on your comb. Usually the marking for sterling silver and the style number is on the back. In this example it is on the front.  


 sterling silver fitter had a split seam at the top

Sterling silver fitter for comb with repair seam

Occasionally, the seam on the sterling silver comb fitter will split. It is better to have this repaired before it gets any worse. It is much easier to repair before it has completely come apart. After the seam was repaired, I riveted in a new comb.

 sterling silver fitter with broken comb has green corrosion
 split seam on sterling silver comb fitter

Green corrosion on your comb

Green corrosion on a sterling silver comb fitter is not a good sign. Sometimes it is an indication of a split seam (shown in the right photo.) The seam on a comb should be repaired before the seam splits further.  Below is the tortoiseshell plastic comb replaced and silver polished.

 Art Deco sterling silver comb fitter repaired and polished

Sterling Silver  Men's Combs 

 sterling silver men's comb with slim style
 sterling silver men's comb with a new comb replacement

Sterling silver fitter for Men's combs

Sterling silver fitters for men's combs usually have a slimmer less decorative style. 


 sterling silver fitter for man's comb 

Man's comb with extensive repair

The engraved initials on this sterling silver comb is another style. These photos (below) show over-sized rivet holes and damage to the edge from a previous repair that was poorly done. I rebuilt the edge, and filled in the over-sized rivet holes with sterling silver rod. After this repair was cleaned up, a new plastic comb was fit properly and new small holes were drilled to rivet the comb in place (above photo) .

 sterling silver men's comb damaged by bad repair
 sterling silver fitter with damaged edge and very large rivet holes