|Description: a) A comb case made from unbleached linen, with a petit point stitching of a picture representing four Chinese men. Two men are carrying a chaise, and two men are carrying a flag, one on each side of the chaise. The petit point stitches are quite tiny, and are in red, green, yellow, and blue thread. The case is edged with blue stitching. (b) A comb in the shape of an otter, with the teeth in the underbelly. The front of the comb has the colours brass and grey, hand painted to represent the otter. The Chinese characters on the reverse side mean 'Manufactured by Hao Zheng Shop'.
History: According to a note from Barbara Larson, the donor, the comb belonged to Annie Harris and may have been a gift from Percy Sutherland. Percy Sutherland, a cousin of Mary Harris, was the youngest son of John Newton Sutherland. He owned an exporting business and often sent gifts to the Harris family. Percy was a collector of Chinese Art and donated his collection to the McGill University Gallery.
Items donated by Barbara Sayers Larson. Barbara Larson is the daughter of Annie Harris (1882-1986) and Beverly Sayers (1882-1976) and granddaughter of Arthur (1843-1932) and Mary (1859-1954) Harris. Barbara was born January 27, 1920 and was the youngest of three children. Barbara and her siblings, Geoffrey Sayers (1907-1997) and Dora Sayers Caro (1915-2004) donated Benares to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1969 after inheriting it from their aunt, Naomi Harris (1883-1968). Many of the items donated by Barbara originally belonged to her mother or Aunt Naomi and came from Benares. Barbara lived in a log cabin originally given to her mother by her grandparents at 1723 Birchwood Drive. She still maintains a close tie with Benares and is now living in Kelowna, British Columbia, with her daughter.