pearl shell

1) Mother of pearl which is the shining iridescent inner layer of some shells.

Its use for ornamentation is on record in Yorkshire from c.1500. Cutlers used it as a hafting material: in 1726, for instance, the inventory of Charles Stuartson listed 9˝ pound of pearl shell, valued at Ł1 13s 3d.

dates 1726

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