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Handle of flat crescentic shape made of turtle-shell. One end has a carved scroll. The other end is broken off (?). There is a line of small perforations near one edge - a section of this edge is missing, presumably having broken off along the perforated line. It is thought to be the broken handle from a lime stick.
- Production date
Length: 13.60 centimetres
Thickness: 0.10 centimetres
Width: 10.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Description from Extracts from the British and Medieval Register, 1757-1878, p. 122:
'162. Do. handle of similar spatula, semilunar, and carved. Breadth 5 ½ inches. From Louisiada.'
Handwritten stuck-on label:
This turtle-shell ornament is associated with lime.
Turtleshell not identifiable to species, 23.01.09.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009 20 Mar-23 Aug, Australian National Maritime Museum, Charles Darwin: voyages and ideas that shook the world
- Fair. Bits missing through old breaks.
Object frozen Sept 2009
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From the HMS Rattlesnake expedition of 1846-1850. Collected by Captain Owen Stanley in September 1849.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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