Comb (possibly France), 19th century
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.
Its dimensions are
Overall: 16 x 14.5 cm (6 5/16 x 5 11/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Comb (possibly France), 19th century; shaped, carved and pierced tortoiseshell; Overall: 16 x 14.5 cm (6 5/16 x 5 11/16 in.); Gift of Mrs. Owen E. Robinson and Mrs. John B. Hendry in memory of Mrs. John A. Logan; 1993-68-49