A Curious Victorian Petrified Basket of Fruit, Nuts and Flowers

A Curious Victorian Petrified Basket of Fruit, Nuts and Flowers

1800 to 1900 England

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A Curious Victorian Petrified Basket of Fruit, Nuts and Flowers
19th Century

Size: 15cm high, 17cm wide, 11cm deep – 6 ins high, 6¾ ins wide, 4¼ ins
cf Finch and Co catalogue no.5, item no. 19, for a petrified birds nest and catalogue no. 8, item no. 8, for a petrified basket of flowers.

Formed by means of a calcareous deposit dripping through tufa from the roof of a well these man made curiosities were created in Matlock, Derbyshire in the early 19th century as Victorian souvenirs.
Of the three petrifying wells Mr Joseph Pearson’s was the largest, and after Princess Victoria’s visit of 1832 became known as the ‘Royal Petrifying Well’. All three wells produced a marvellous profusion of petrified objects ranging from stags heads to wigs and birds nests.
Dimensions
Height 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Width 17.00 cm (6.69 inches)
Depth 11.00 cm (4.33 inches)
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