Hair Comb

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

ca. 1807

GUSN

GUSN-103069

Description

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

combs (hair ornaments)
hair accessories
mother of pearl
Comb

Label

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.

Inscription

"DLR" (Etched)

Additional Identification Number

2576

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

China

Object Type

Adornment

Dimensions

4 1/8 x 3 1/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Commodore Charles T. Pierce

Accession Number

1930.1656

Exhibition Notes

"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.