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Comb: M.1 & A-1971

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Uncertain Unknown (Maker)


Boxwood, carved, pierced, and set with mirror, in a rectangular fitted leather-covered case (A).

Boxwood, carved and pierced, and set with mirror, in a rectangular fitted leather-covered case (A). The rectangular comb has closely spaced teeth on one side and more widely spaced teeth on the other. The area between is divided into three rows of pierced patterns. The centre row has a central roundel flanked by two movable panels which slide outwards and reveal two small circular mirrors on either side of the central roundel, and piercing which echos the pattern on the sliding panels. On the reverse the central motif is flanked by four unpierced panels each containing three raised gothic letters. The shallow rectangular case with hinged cover is covered with brown leather and has a stamped and gilded wreath of foliage in the centre of the cover, and a metal hook fastening at the front. Inside it has a shallow rectangular depressions in the lower part and the cover to accommodate the comb, both lined with cream silk, and bordered by pink paper frames. A cream ribbon attached to the right side of the lower part assists removal of the comb.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Bequeathed by A.E. Popham, 1970

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1970) by Popham, Arthur Ewart

School or Style


Components of the work

Mirrors composed of glass ( circular) Box Inside composed of woven silk ( cream) paper ( pink) Box Outside composed of leather ( pale brown) gold Box composed of wood Depth 2.5 cm Length 20.3 cm Width 15.5 cm
Comb Height 12.2 cm Length 18 cm

Materials used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1 & A-1971
Primary reference Number: 30237
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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