A very rare spar box, Cumbria, England

A very rare spar box, Cumbria, England

1800 to 1900 England

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A very rare spar box, Cumbria, England
Circa 1880-1890

Black Zinc Ore, Quartz & Fluorspar
Size: 36cm x 45cm
These spar boxes were built by Victorian lead miners from mineral

crystals found in cavities as they worked the seams of lead ore.

The miners took great pride in their knowledge of these minerals and it

became a traditional pastime to mount them into tower, boxes and

models, often supplementing their income by selling them at annual


Competitions were held and prizes given in the town halls of the North

Pennines for the most carefully made and elaborate 'Spar Cases' and

'Spar Models'.

See Finch & Co Catalogue 2002 for an example of a Spar Tower.
Height 36.00 cm (14.17 inches)
Width 45.00 cm (17.72 inches)
Quartz and Wood
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