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E5182 Didactic collection of objects and photographs, illustrating pearl button manufacture, pearl shell / cardboard / paper, made by The Pearl Button Manufacturing Co Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1933, with pearl shell collected from the sea around northern Australia. Click to enlarge.

A didactic display illustrating pearl button manufacture

Made
This group of objects illustrates how pearl shell was made into pearl buttons in Sydney in the 1930s. The display was acquired from 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 from the shell, the 'blanks' …

Summary

Object No.

E5182

Object Statement

Didactic collection of objects and photographs, illustrating pearl button manufacture, pearl shell / cardboard / paper, made by The Pearl Button Manufacturing Co Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1933, with pearl shell collected from the sea around northern Australia

Physical Description

Didactic display of objects and photographs used to show how pearl shell was made into pearl buttons, pearl shell / cardboard, made by The Pearlbutton Manufacturing Co Ltd, Foster Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1933, with pearl shell gathered from the sea around northern Australia

A didactic display illustrating pearl button manufacture. The display consists of 23 specimens, and 9 pictures illustrating process of manufacture.

Source

Credit Line

Presented by Pearlbutton Manufacturing Co Ltd, 1933

Acquisition Date

22 April 1933

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