About this object

Bone comb, ends broken. Constructed of flat bone plate with teeth cut only on one side after the plate has been mounted between curved backplates. These of semi-circular section, clamped together by 5 iron rivets. Decorated with cross-hatching in panel along back, and in panels at ends, and by 5 triple ring-and-dots between rivets, the middle 3 with larger ring outside. Teeth mostly broken but probably originally finished with curved edge. Cut by saw. Sketch in Diary shows back of comb originally terminated in projections at end to case in teeth. More probably middle plate left uncut at ends to form casing, and decorated to match ends. Decoration on both sides, the same. Bone very worn and abraded. Original label: Kingston 1773, 299 written on back.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Anglo-Saxon
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England
  • Date made
  • Materials
    Animal Bone
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Bryan Rev Faussett
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Kent: Kingston
  • Date collected
    1773-09-30
  • Measurements
    33 mm x 107 mm
  • Related people
    Bryan Rev Faussett ( Collector, previous owner); Godfrey Faussett ( Previous owner); Joseph Mayer ( Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1854
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Godfrey Faussett

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: By descent
    Owned until: 1854
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Bryan Rev Faussett

    Owned from: 1773-09-30
    How acquired: Collected
    Owned until: 1776-10-10
    Disposal method: Bequest
Object view = Humanities
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