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Object Name Comb, Hair
Catalog Number 0985.13.00271b
Description A comb (.271b) consists of eight buttons: one Confederate General Staff (small), four Virginia State General Staff (small), one US Navy (small), one Maryland State General Staff (small), and one US Regular General Staff (small). Part of a jewelry set (necklace, hair comb, two bracelets, two earrings, and two cuff links) made from buttons off Confederate Army and Navy officer uniforms. The buttons are brass, two-piece and the larger size (0.875"), except where noted small (0.5").
Owned William W. Davies
Made William W. Davies
Provenance The jewelry set is made from buttons of Confederate Army and Navy officers' uniforms. The donor's husband, William W. Davies, spent forty years collecting the buttons and then having them made into a set of jewely called "Rebel Brass."

The buttons in the comb originated from the following Confederate officers (from top, L to R): Raphael Semmes, George Washington Custis Lee x2, J. B. Gordon, Bradley T. Johnson, J. R. Tucker, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and JEB Stuart.
People Davies, William W.
Semmes, Raphael
Lee, George Washington Custis (Boo)
Gordon, James Byron
Johnson, Bradley Tyler
Tucker, J. R.
Forrest, Nathan Bedford
Stuart, James Ewell Brown (J. E. B.) (Jeb)
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
Subjects jewelry
Grooming equipment
Grooming
Hair dressing
Navies