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Three pearl shell buttons on black card.

    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 …


    Object No.


    Object Statement

    Three buttons sewn onto 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

    Three pearl shell buttons sewn onto a black card.



    58 mm


    37 mm

    Cite this Object


    Three pearl shell buttons on black card. 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 3 February 2023, <>


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