Memorandum book

An inlaid ivory dance card

English, used in America
Miss Katherine Bigelow (Married to Abbott Lawrence (1792–1855) in June 28, 1819)

Object Place: England; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


9 x 4.5 x 1.3 cm (3 9/16 x 1 3/4 x 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ivory inlaid, silver, and wooden pencil

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Ivory memorandum book with silver clasp engraved “K. Bigelow/ 1819”, covers carved grid pattern with small pins inlaid in blossom motifs, covers and plain interior leaves of ivory hinge on pin at bottom, fluted pencil holder at side containing wooden pencil, additional pencil with steel piece at base, names and dates written on ivory leaves


Engraved on clasp: "K. Bigelow/ 1819"

Examples of notes written in pencil on leaves: "Anna B. Lawrence[probably oldest daughter, b. 1820- d. 1893]/ November 22, 1829"; James Lawrence [probably oldest son, b. 1821]/ Jan. 4th, 1831"; Kitty Lawrence [probably youngest daughter, b. 1832-d. 1895]/ Boston Nov. 6th 1842"


Acquired by Katherine Bigelow in 1819, the year of her marriage to Abbott Lawrence (1792-1855) of Groton, Massachusetts; Inherited by great-granddaughters Misses Aimee and Rosamund Lamb; Gift to the MFA, 1952

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb