Comb card

Comb

M6197

Currently not on display

Information

Single-sided comb constructed of flat bone plate with teeth cut on one side after the plate has been mounted between curved back-plates, clamped together by five iron rivets. Decorated with cross-hatching in panel along back, and in panels at ends, and by five triple ring-and-dots between rivets, the middle three with larger ring outside. The teeth are mostly broken but probably originally finished with a curved edge, cut by a saw. A sketch in Rev. Bryan Faussett’s diary shows the back of the comb was 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 is the same. Bone isvery worn and abraded. Original label annotated: ”Kingston 1773”,with “299” written on the back.