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Pearl ornament maker

Discussion in 'Occupations' started by CarolB08, Aug 16, 2020.

  1. CarolB08

    CarolB08 LostCousins Member

    I suppose this could be self explanatory but despite employing google I can not find an explanation of just what a pearl ornament maker actually made, what king of ornaments? The family in question were living in Birmingham between 1827 and 1836 and the rest of the baptism register occupations ranged from jeweller to gun makers so I assume it must be linked somewhere.
     
  2. At home in NZ

    At home in NZ LostCousins Star

    I Goggled pearl ornaments design, they are all for necklaces.
    Pearly Kings and Queens would have used mother of pearl for the ornaments on their clothing.
    I cannot imagine where they would have obtained pearls from in Birmingham, our Brummie contributor might know.
     
  3. Heather

    Heather LostCousins Member

    I'm only guessing but maybe pearl buttons, perhaps a call to Birmingham Council will provide an answer as they most probably have an archive department, good luck.
     
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  4. Bob Spiers

    Bob Spiers LostCousins Superstar

    For a start almost certainly Mother of Pearl and I had an Uncle (my father's brother) who crafted MoP working in the famous - yes famous as its reputation extended far beyond the town and later city - Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. The Quarter specialised in precious metals, gold and silver particularly (and Birmingham had its own Assay office) and precious stones also, and obtaining the raw materials, would have been as nothing to the 'City of a Thousand Trades'. As for Gun Makers the city was home to BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) who produced guns and rifles long before they branched out into manufacturing motor cycles.
     
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  5. Bob Spiers

    Bob Spiers LostCousins Superstar

    Mother of Pearl and Tortoise shell inlays were used to embellish Combs, Hair Brushes and Handheld Mirror handles and, of course buttons of every description and 'every which way' shaped trinket boxes were all produced in Birmingham for sale in the country and around the world. My cousin has quite a few examples of Mother of Pearl artefacts and Tortoise Shell spectacle frames made by her father.
     
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  6. At home in NZ

    At home in NZ LostCousins Star

    Thanks Bob, I only ever associated Birmingham with 'the Black Country', now I know better. Both your posts are informative.
     
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  7. CarolB08

    CarolB08 LostCousins Member

    Wow thank you all but especially Bob for the most informative and interesting replies, I was thinking oyster pearls and could not imagine how they could be made into ornaments :) .
     

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