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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T2580
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1500 - 1600


Richly carved boxwood combs were given as expensive love tokens in medieval times. The carver chose boxwood because it was the only wood with a sufficiently straight and dense grain to allow him to carve such fine teeth without splitting. He cut the teeth using a double-bladed saw called a stadda. A skilled craftsman with a steady hand could usually cut up to fifty teeth per inch.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:16th century
Place of Origin:France or England


Height:19.5 cm
Width:13.4 cm