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10007-1 Didactic display, pearl buttons, pearl shell, maker unknown, Sydney, Australia, 1875-1885. Click to enlarge.

Half an oyster shell demonstrating pearl shell button manufacture.

Made
  • 1875-1885
This object is part of a collection which illustrates how pearl shell was made into pearl buttons in Sydney in the 1930s. The display was given to the Museum by The Pearlbutton Manufacturing Company of Foster Street, Sydney, in 1933.

Pearl divers in places such as Thursday Island, Broome and Port Darwin harvested the Golden Lip pearl shell, (Pinctada maxima), from which the buttons were made. The shell was shipped to the Sydney factory for production. After cutting the button shaped pieces …

Summary

Object No.

10007-1

Object Statement

Didactic display, pearl buttons, pearl shell, maker unknown, Sydney, Australia, 1875-1885

Physical Description

A pearl shell with three circular holes of varying sizes cut through the surface of the shell.

Dimensions

Height

10 mm

Width

100 mm

Production

Made

  • 1875-1885

History

Notes

Part of didactic display used to illustrate the manufacture of pearl buttons from Australian pearl shell, as occurred in Sydney between 1875 and1885.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Half an oyster shell demonstrating pearl shell button manufacture. 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 November 2022, <https://ma.as/15>

Wikipedia

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