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A Mother Of Pearl And Abalone Card Case c1880

Heading : A very fine Victorian card case
Date : 1870-90
Period : Victoria
Origin :
Birmingham, England
Decoration : Diamond panels of mother of pearl. Weave cut central panel with cipher JCE, JEC, CJE etc. All edged in abalone. Blue velvel liner, spring releases catch
Size :  10.2cms x 7.7cms x 0.6cms
Condition : Excellent, no damages all in perfect working order
Restoration : None
Weight : 56 grams

The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham was known internationally for this type of work. They supplied everyone form the Tsars or Russia to the New York elite. The "shellwork" business grew from the early 19th century in tandem with the jewellery sector and employed more than three hundred people at peak. The shells were all imported, mostly from the South Atlantic and Pacific and thus the location of Birmingham, being more that 100 miles from the sea, was itself insignificant. The industry was still supplied boat, drawn along the network of canals.

Many thansk to R Pearsall for the information provided.



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  • Availability: Sold
  • £110.00

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