Comb with case

English (London) and Jamaican (Port Royal)
about 1680


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.); W. 11.8 (4 5/8 in.); D. 1.1 cm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

60.1173a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver and tortoiseshell

On View

Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

Tortoiseshell comb and case made in Port Royal, Jamaica for the London market; mounted in London. The rectangular box is open on one side. On each face, the four corners are fitted with silver mounts that are engraved with stylized flowers. The borders of the tortoiseshell are engraved with an egg-and-dart pattern. One face is engraved with a nut-bearing tree and two pineapples (?) and is inscribed, A CASHV TREE. The reverse is engraved with the arms of Jamaica supported by standing men wearing loincloths, one bearing a bow and arrow and the other a spear. Below is the engraved motto, INDVS VUERQUE SERVIET VNI. The interior of the box is lined with silk. The flat comb has rounded corners, long, widely spaced teeth and is engraved on the handle with stylized foliage. The flat faces of the box are composed of single sheets of tortoiseshell. The silver corner mounts are cut from sheet and engraved. The box is assembled with rivets through the narrow sides. The comb is carved from a single sheet of tortoiseshell.

Inscription

One face is engraved with a nut-bearing tree and two pineapples (?) and is inscribed, A CASHV TREE. The reverse is engraved with the arms of Jamaica supported by standing men wearing loincloths, one bearing a bow and arrow and the other a spear. Below is the engraved motto, INDVS VUERQUE SERVIET VNI.

Markings

Unmarked

Provenance

Percival D. Griffiths: How (of Edingburgh), London: Gift of Mrs. Samuel Cabot, October 13, 1960.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel Cabot