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Comb, mid-19th century

This is a Comb. It is dated mid-19th century and we acquired it in 1926. 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 bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane. It is credited Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 14.5 x 18 cm (5 11/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

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Comb, mid-19th century; shaped, carved and pierced tortoiseshell; H x W: 14.5 x 18 cm (5 11/16 x 7 1/16 in.); Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane; 1926-22-545

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