Pearl shell for windows. The shell is semi-transparent, one side is pearlescent the other is naturally ridged. The shell is roughly oval shaped, it is naturally slightly wavy. [AB [OPS Move] 18/5/2017]
Length: max 126 mm
Width: max 103 mm
Height: max 4 mm
Field collector: John Fiot Lee Pearse Maclear; HMS Flying Fish. Collected 1885.
John Fiot Lee Pearse Maclear served on the HMS Flying Fish between 1883 and 1887 on surveying work [DNB] [AP 2/2/2001]
Not on display
The windowpane oyster, Placuna placenta, has flat translucent valves that are used, primarily in the Philippines, in the manufacture of lampshades, trays, mats, and bowls, and for window-glass [Encyclopædia Britannica Online: “Bivalve”].