"a feathered comb she’d found on the street"

A fashionable Victorian woman
Public DomainA fashionable Victorian woman - Credit: Bazar of Fashions
In Victorian fashion, hats and hairpieces were lavish affairs of fruit, ribbons, flowers, jewels and feathers. Many plumes came from exotic birds hunted in the Florida Everglades, which lead to a severe decimation of the feathered population there and some of the world’s first environmentalists attempting to stop the hunting.

Instructions for making your own Victorian-style feathered hairpiece.