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Comb (possibly England), 19th century

This is a Comb. It is dated 19th century and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is shaped, carved and pierced tortoiseshell. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Tortoiseshell as a material tells the story of global interconnectedness and trade. Obtained mainly from Hawksbill turtles from the Caribbean Sea, by the 19th century, when this intricately carved comb was made, the turtles were hunted and the shells exported to artisans and workshops in the Americas, Europe, and as far away as China.

This object was donated by Mrs. John B. Hendry and Mrs. Owen E. Robinson. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Owen E. Robinson and Mrs. John B. Hendry in memory of Mrs. John A. Logan.

Its dimensions are

Overall: 17.5 x 11 cm (6 7/8 x 4 5/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Comb (possibly England), 19th century; shaped, carved and pierced tortoiseshell; Overall: 17.5 x 11 cm (6 7/8 x 4 5/16 in.); Gift of Mrs. Owen E. Robinson and Mrs. John B. Hendry in memory of Mrs. John A. Logan; 1993-68-47

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