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Pair of Silver 'Skivvies' and Mussell Shell
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KIGHF_TRAVELLERS_0424
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Rhona Hamilton
SOURCE
Highland Folk Museum
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19811
KEYWORDS
mussels
pearls
jewels
Travelling People
crafts
Pair of Silver 'Skivvies' and Mussell Shell

These two items are connected with the Travelling Folk of Scotland. The 'Skivvies' (left) were used by women Travellers to fasten their shawls at the front when they carried their babies on their backs. This pair of skivvies has been fashioned from metal spoons.

The best mussel pearls are found in the Margaritifera freshwater mussel. In the past pearl fishing was often carried out by Travellers using glass bottomed buckets. They would make jewellery and ornaments from the pearls they collected.

In more recent years this species of mussel has become endangered and it is now illegal, in Britain, to kill or injure them

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Pair of Silver 'Skivvies' and Mussell Shell

mussels; pearls; jewels; Travelling People; crafts

Highland Folk Museum

Travelling People's Story

These two items are connected with the Travelling Folk of Scotland. The 'Skivvies' (left) were used by women Travellers to fasten their shawls at the front when they carried their babies on their backs. This pair of skivvies has been fashioned from metal spoons. <br /> <br /> The best mussel pearls are found in the Margaritifera freshwater mussel. In the past pearl fishing was often carried out by Travellers using glass bottomed buckets. They would make jewellery and ornaments from the pearls they collected.<br /> <br /> In more recent years this species of mussel has become endangered and it is now illegal, in Britain, to kill or injure them