Luce Dressing Box
Whalers of all ranks commonly passed the time on long voyages by crafting things from leftover bits of whalebone. Often these objects were intended as presents for sweethearts, spouses, and children. Captain Richard Luce presented this box to his daughter, Abbie Bradford Luce, upon returning from one of his many long voyages. The elaborate box features her initials set into a tortoise-shell plaque on the top as well as detailed mother-of-pearl inlays on the sides.
|Title||Luce Dressing Box|
|Credit||Gift of Mrs. Howard S. Hart|
|Thematic Collection||Collection Highlights|