Antique Box of Mineral Specimens, Regency Mahogany
Antique Box of Mineral Specimens, Regency Mahogany
Antique Box of Mineral Specimens, Regency Mahogany
Antique Box of Mineral Specimens, Regency Mahogany
Antique Box of Mineral Specimens, Regency Mahogany
Antique Box of Mineral Specimens, Regency Mahogany
Antique Box of Mineral Specimens, Regency Mahogany
Antique Box of Mineral Specimens, Regency Mahogany
Antique Box of Mineral Specimens, Regency Mahogany
Antique Box of Mineral Specimens, Regency Mahogany
Antique Box of Mineral Specimens, Regency Mahogany
Antique Box of Mineral Specimens, Regency Mahogany

Antique Box of Mineral Specimens, Regency Mahogany

c. 1800 to c. 1830 English

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A fascinating little mahogany box containing a mineral collection. Nicely made box with decorative ivory key hole escutcheon, working lock and key.

Inside there are three trays of mineral specimens. Below them is a further tray containing a blow pipe, two test tubes, two glass dishes, brass tweezers, a small box of mineral fragments, and a box of borax.

There is a card, printed John Fisher and one side, and handwritten on the other "Given to me by my first master (in 1968) Mr David Birrell(?). The box of minerals belonged to his late brother, Dr Birrell, army doctor in India" and initialled JF. There is also a small photograph, presumably of John Fisher, and a green notebook cataloguing the collection of 103 mineral specimens.

In the bottom of the box is the label of "J Mawe, Mineralogist, 49 The Stand", London. John Mawe (1764–1829) was a well known British mineralogist. After John died in 1829 his widow Sarah continued the business until she retired in 1840. She gained the title "Mineralogist to Her Majesty" (Queen Victoria).

It was wonderful that such a fascinating collection has been kept together and remained in such good condition over such a long period of time.
Dimensions
Height 4.50 inch (11.43 cm)
Width 7.50 inch (19.05 cm)
Depth 5.25 inch (13.33 cm)
Stock Code
Mineral Box 6767
Medium
Mahogany
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