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E5182-23 Thirteen pearl button blanks on a card, part of a didactic collection showing how pearl buttons were made, pearl shell/cardboard, made by The Pearlbutton Manufacturing Co Ltd, Foster Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1933. Click to enlarge.

Thirteen split and ground button blanks.

    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.

    E5182-23

    Object Statement

    Thirteen pearl button blanks on a card, part of a didactic collection showing how pearl buttons were made, pearl shell/cardboard, made by The Pearlbutton Manufacturing Co Ltd, Foster Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1933

    Physical Description

    Thirteen pearl button blanks on a card, part of a didactic collection showing how pearl buttons were made, pearl shell/cardboard, made by The Pearlbutton Manufacturing Co Ltd, Foster Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1933

    Thirteen split and ground button blanks that have been part fashioned and mounted on a white backing board.

    Dimensions

    Height

    198 mm

    Width

    78 mm

    Cite this Object

    Harvard

    Thirteen split and ground button blanks. 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 November 2022, <https://ma.as/228468>

    Wikipedia

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