A Victorian Petrified Birds Nest with its eggs
A Victorian Petrified Birds Nest with its eggs

A Victorian Petrified Birds Nest with its eggs

1800 to 1900 England

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A Victorian Petrified Birds Nest with its eggs
19 th Century

Size : 17 cm x 16.5 cm dia. , 11 cm high – 6¾ ins x 6½ ins dia. , 4¼ ins high
Of great curiosity to the Victorians the petrifying wells of Matlock Bath in Derbyshire created petrified souvenirs for the aristocratic tourist trade . In 1832 the Princess Victoria visited Mr Joseph Pearson's 'Great Petrifying Well' where the water filtering through a mass of tufa drops from the roof and sides and losing a part of its carbonic gas forms earthy particles upon the substances on which it falls . The objects were placed under the drops which then produced a calcareous deposit which in time assumed the hardness of stone .
'The Royal Petrifying Well'as it became known after the Princess's visit was the bigger of the three ; Mr Smedley's being under his spar shops and Mrs Boden's situated near the post office . All three of these wells were filled with a profusion of articles put in to be petrified : stags heads , wigs , baskets of flowers , birds nests etc. all of which had to be turned every few weeks to prevent them from growing to the bottom .

Height 11.00 cm (4.33 inches)
Width 17.00 cm (6.69 inches)
Depth 16.50 cm (6.50 inches)
Bird nest / petrified
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