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Mother of Pearl and Abalone Shellwork Card Case c1880

Heading : Mother of pearl and abalone card case
Date : c1880
Period : Victoria 
Origin : Birmingham, England

Decoration : Panels of mother of pearl edged abalone
Size : 10.4 height cm, 7.8cm width
Condition : Excellent, no damage and the spring released catch is in perfect working order
Restoration : None
Weight : 57 grams

The substrate is bone, the mother of pearl and abalone is a veneer.

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 than 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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  • Product Code: 20102026
  • Availability: Sold
  • £110.00

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