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Circular tortoise shell bag; central circle with radiating wedge-shaped pieces on front and back, which are inlaid with mother-of-pearl floral motifs and separated by narrow steel strips; red leather flap, borders, and sides in accordion folds, with stamped gold leaf and scroll motifs; steel...

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Inherited by Misses Aimee and Rosamund Lamb; Gift to the MFA, 1951

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Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb

French, used in America, mid 19th century

Place of Use

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Place of Manufacture



38 x 18.7 x 3.5 cm (14 15/16 x 7 3/8 x 1 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tortoise shell, mother of pearl, leather, silk braided cord, silk plain weave lining, metal (probably steel) clasp and inlay


Textiles and Fashion Arts