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E5182-3 Pearl shell, part of a didactic display 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. Click to enlarge.

A section of pearl shell used in manufacturing buttons.

    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.

    E5182-3

    Object Statement

    Pearl shell, part of a didactic display 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

    Physical Description

    Pearl shell, part of a didactic display 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

    A portion of pearl shell with holes punched in the surface where button blanks have been removed.

    Dimensions

    Height

    60 mm

    Width

    180 mm

    Cite this Object

    Harvard

    A section of pearl shell used in manufacturing buttons. 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 July 2022, <https://ma.as/228475>

    Wikipedia

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