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English, circa 1800
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Blue john is a mineral that is mined in Derbyshire, England. This is the only place in the world the mineral is found.
Much of the mines deposits were used in the 18th and 19th Century. However there is evidence that the mine was used as far back as Roman Times.
Working with the stone commanded great skill and as a result many items were made with smaller pieces of ore. To find a piece of this size and shape is particularly rare, and would have been made by an expert craftsman.
Matthew Boulton ( 1728-1809) was a craftsman who was renowned for his working with blue john and several of the most exceptional surviving pieces were manufactured by him.