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10007-7 Didactic display label, pearl shell label, paper, maker unknown, Sydney, Australia, 1875-1885. Click to enlarge.

Label for didactic display of pearl shell 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.

10007-7

Object Statement

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

Physical Description

Rectangular cardboard label used as part of the didactic display of pearl shell manufacture.

Marks

Black text across the label reads 'The Manufacture of / PEARL BUTTONS/ from Australian Pearl Shell, / as carried on in Sydney/ in 1885./ Presented by Mrs. J. Fagan, Sydney.'

Dimensions

Height

50 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.

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Harvard

Label for didactic display of pearl shell manufacture. 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 July 2022, <https://ma.as/21>

Wikipedia

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