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Comb, 19th century

This is a Comb. It is dated 19th century and we acquired it in 1916. 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 Georgina Schuyler and Louisa L. Schuyler. It is credited Gift of Georgina and Louisa L. Schuyler.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 12.5 × 10 × 2.6 cm (4 15/16 in. × 3 15/16 in. × 1 in.)

Cite this object as

Comb, 19th century; shaped, carved and pierced tortoiseshell; H x W x D: 12.5 × 10 × 2.6 cm (4 15/16 in. × 3 15/16 in. × 1 in.); Gift of Georgina and Louisa L. Schuyler; 1916-29-66

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