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Mother of pearl back comb featuring on the front an scene of Asian men having tea under the trees on the left and two men in a garden on the right. The center of the comb features a shield shape with the monogram "DLR." The reverse is decorated with a floral design.
combs (hair ornaments)
mother of pearl
Deborah Lang married William Putnam Richardson on August 6, 1807, in Salem, Massachusetts, wearing this mother-of-pearl comb brought from China by her intended or his father, both shipmasters in the East India trade. This elegant comb is engraved on both sides and bears Deborah's initials.
4 1/8 x 3 1/4 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Commodore Charles T. Pierce
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995.