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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Each one mounted on card contained in a purpose made box constructed of New Zealand Mottled Kaurie wood
107 cards stamped to the reverse 'New Zealand Ferns mounted by Eric Craig Princes St Auckland sold wholesale and retail'
An old attached label inside the lid reading: ‘New Zealand Ferns and Fern Allies; Collected, Dried, and Mounted, by Eric Craig; Princes Street, Auckland, New Zealand’
Circa 1850 – 60
Size: 21.5cm high, 14cm wide – 8½ ins high, 5½ ins wide (cards)
14cm high, 26.5cm wide, 19cm deep – 5½ ins high, 10½ ins wide, 7½ ins deep (box)
New Zealand has been a land apart for 80 million years with the result that it is home to a collection of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. The giant tree fern is now grown in gardens all over the temperate world, but in the mid 19th century the Victorians were still organising and funding collecting trips to find unknown specimens of ferns. The Victorians held a particular fascination for them creating special 'ferneries' in conservatories and constructing entire fern gardens, so this souvenir of New Zealand's unique ferns would have been a 'must have'.