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Barbara Worn
Barbara Worn • 2 years ago

According to the many etiquette books published during the Victorian era, tortoiseshell jewelry and accessories were appropriate to wear while one was in the half-mourning period. Tortoiseshell jewelry was actually made from the shell of the hawksbill turtle. It was most commonly used for hair combs until the mid nineteenth century when the advancement of lathe technology from foot power to steam allowed for a greater variety of forms. Pieces from the second half of the nineteenth century inc...

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