Sterling Silver Dresser Set
Comb Repair and Replacement
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 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 with new comb
In over 40 years I have only seen one gold comb fitter. The plastic tortoiseshell comb was replaced.
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 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.)
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 the photo above the style number is on the front right corner.
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.
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 same comb with the split in sterling repaired and a new tortoiseshell plastic comb replaced and silver polished.
Damage to the end of the sterling silver fitter
Once in a while the end of the sterling silver comb fitter is split. In this case, it also had holes drilled into the ends of the sterling fitter for a small nail. This is not a good way to secure a plastic comb. No wonder the sterling fitter arrived with no comb. With the customer’s permission, I soldered the split in the end, and filled in the hole with sterling wire and soldered it in place. The new comb was fit and riveted in place (shown below.)
The monogram is always and indication of top
The monogram always indicates the placement of the comb teeth.
Sterling Silver Men's Combs
Sterling silver fitter for Men's combs
Sterling silver fitters for men's combs usually have a slimmer less decorative style.
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) .