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E5182-37 Pearl shell buckle, hexagonal, 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.

Pearl shell belt buckle.

    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.

    E5182-37

    Object Statement

    Pearl shell buckle, hexagonal, 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

    Pearl shell buckle, hexagonal, 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

    A hexagonal natural coloured pearl shell buckle with two semi circular holes in the centre.

    Dimensions

    Height

    45 mm

    Width

    37 mm

    Cite this Object

    Harvard

    Pearl shell belt buckle. 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 July 2022, <https://ma.as/228508>

    Wikipedia

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