The Comb of Pearl – from the book The Hall of Shells, written by Mrs. A. S. Hardy (pub. 1897). Illustrated by James Carter Beard (US, 1837-1938).
Beard (1850-1941) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) into a family of artists. As a youth, he explored the woods and made sketches of nature. He illustrated a number of books for Mark Twain – and many others.