Luce Dressing Box

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
Date 1830-1850
Type Object
Credit Gift of Mrs. Howard S. Hart
Ref No 1966.016.001
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