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Alphabet Ball

Object Number: 
INV.5266
Date: 
1830-1860
Medium: 
Ivory
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 3.8 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm )
Marks: 
Incised and painted in black: Each of the 24 sides of the ball is inscribed with a letter of the alphabet. All letters are represented except "J" and "V."
Description: 
Ivory ball with twenty-four sides, each inscribed in black with a letter of the alphabet. All letters are represented once, with the exception of "J" and "V."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group