Accession number: 2006.03.18f
Date: circa January 1 1860
Materials: Sterling silver, wood
Measurements: 16 cm L x 4 cm W
Marks/Label: Sterling 452, bird with outstretched wings face on to viewer. Located on the side.
Narrative: This emery board was part of typical set of toilet items, including a mirror, a clothes brush, two crystal dishes, and a hair brush that were designed to sit on a tray (also included) and then placed on a woman's dresser. Dresser sets ranged in design from the most simple to the most ornate and elaborate. They were common among women of elite societies and higher social status. This emery board would have been used to buff fingernails. After 1860, the word "sterling" began to appear stamped on pieces of silver, it guarantees that the silver is .925 fine.
Description: This silver emery board features a long, curved wooden bottom. It is part of a set of pieces that together create a "dresser set" of toilet items that sit collectively on a tray.