Mother of Pearl Birmingham Shellwork Card Case c1880

Heading : Mother of Pearl Birmingham Shellwork Card Case

Date : c1880
Period : Victoria
Origin :
Decoration :
Diamond pattern design from two tone mother of pearl. Silk lined
Size :  10.4cm x 8.0cm. Holds four modern plastic cards with ease
Condition : Excellent
Restoration : None
Weight :  51grams

The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham was known internationally for this type of work. They supplied everyone form the Tsars of 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 than 100 miles from the sea, was itself insignificant. The industry was still supplied boat, drawn along the network of canals.



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