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Comb (one of a pair)

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A pair of short dark tortoise shell combs with fine teeth and narrow carved open work tops in design of pointed niches, each niche enclosing a spray of flowers or leaves.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes

American, 19th century


6.5 x 11 x 3.3 cm (2 9/16 x 4 5/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tortoiseshell carving


Textiles and Fashion Arts


Jewelry / Adornment, Hair Ornaments