Box of educational slides

ca. 1850-1859 (made)

Unknown

[boxes (containers)] Height: 5 cm (closed), Width: 20.5 cm, Depth: 10.5 cm (closed) [trays] Depth: 9 cm, Width: 19.1 cm, Thickness: 0.5 cm [trays] Depth: 9 cm, Width: 19.1 cm, Thickness: 0.5 cm [trays] Depth: 9 cm, Width: 19.1 cm, Thickness: 0.5 cm [trays] Depth: 9 cm, Width: 19.1 cm, Thickness: 0.5 cm [trays] Depth: 9 cm, Width: 19.1 cm, Thickness: 0.5 cm [trays] Depth: 9 cm, Width: 19.1 cm, Thickness: 0.5 cm

B.6:1 to 7-2009 MoC

Box of educational slides, natural history specimens, made in England, ca. 1850-1859.

Box of natural history specimen slides, part of an educational set. [boxes (containers)] Unlined mahogany box for containing six trays of glass specimen slides, part of an educational slide set. The box has a hinged lid and front flap, and fastens at the front with a pair of brass hooks and round-headed pins. [trays] Rectangular tray of six glass specimen slides, part of an educational slide set. The tray is made up of a card backed mahogany frame divided into six rectangular spaces, each with a rounded lower edge so that the glass slide which it contains may easily be taken out and examined. Each slide consists of a natural history specimen sandwiched between two thin plates of glass taped with passe partout at the edges, and with a coloured and gilded paper mount. The tray contains the following: Spiracles of the Larva of a Fly; Stings of Hornet, Caterpillar (of a ) Tortoiseshell Butterfly, Pulex Irritens, Hippobosca Equina, Human Louse. [trays] Rectangular tray of six glass specimen slides, part of an educational slide set. The tray is made up of a card backed mahogany frame divided into six rectangular spaces, each with a rounded lower edge so that the glass slide which it contains may easily be taken out and examined. Each slide consists of a natural history specimen sandwiched between two thin plates of glass taped with passe partout at the edges, and with a coloured and gilded paper mount. The tray contains the following: Colorado Potato Beetle, The Ground Spider, Zoophytes, unidentified specimen, Foot of an Eft, unidentified specimen. [trays] Rectangular tray of six glass specimen slides, part of an educational slide set. The tray is made up of a card backed mahogany frame divided into six rectangular spaces, each with a rounded lower edge so that the glass slide which it contains may easily be taken out and examined. Each slide consists of a natural history specimen sandwiched between two thin plates of glass taped with passe partout at the edges, and two of them have a coloured and gilded paper mount. The tray contains the following: Foot of a Spider, Parasite of Ox, The House Spider, Parasite of Blackbird, unidentified specimen, The Common House Gnat. [trays] Rectangular tray of six glass specimen slides, part of an educational slide set. The tray is made up of a card backed mahogany frame divided into six rectangular spaces, each with a rounded lower edge so that the glass slide which it contains may easily be taken out and examined. Each slide consists of a natural history specimen sandwiched between two thin plates of glass taped with passe partout at the edges, and three of them have a coloured and gilded paper mount. The tray contains the following: Tongue of Drone Bee, The Garden Spider, blank slide labelled Pharaoh's Horses, Head of Crane Fly, Proboscis of a Blow Fly, Leg and Foot of a Blow Fly. [trays] Rectangular tray of six glass specimen slides, part of an educational slide set. The tray is made up of a card backed mahogany frame divided into six rectangular spaces, each with a rounded lower edge so that the glass slide which it contains may easily be taken out and examined. Each slide consists of a natural history specimen sandwiched between two thin plates of glass taped with passe partout at the edges, and three of them have a coloured and gilded paper mount. The tray contains the following: unidentified specimen, Tongue of Musca Domestica, Stings of Wasp, Head of Vapourer Moth, unidentified specimen, Sheep Tick. [trays] Rectangular tray of six glass specimen slides, part of an educational slide set. The tray is made up of a card backed mahogany frame divided into six rectangular spaces, each with a rounded lower edge so that the glass slide which it contains may easily be taken out and examined. Each slide consists of a natural history specimen sandwiched between two thin plates of glass taped with passe partout at the edges, and three of them have a coloured and gilded paper mount. The tray contains the following: Exuvium of a House Spider,The Grass Spider, Compound Eye of a Beetle, Tongue of Bee, British Trap-door Spider, The Wood Gnat.

At the time of its making, this box of specimen slides, for use with a microscope or other lens, would give a considerable advantage to a child who was studying natural history. The majority of the slides are of insects, or parts of insects, but some other small creatures, such as spiders, are also included. The words and classifications used to describe some specimens, such as 'eft' (newt) or 'zoophytes' is now obsolete. It is perhaps now difficult to realise how very important natural history was in the educational curriculum before the 1920s. The study of plants and insects, and to some extent animals, were among the few scientific subjects which were considered suitable for inclusion in the education of girls, and certainly the only ones which could easily be studied at home. Until the 1920s even the school curriculum had often emphasised natural history, since many schools had neither the staff to teach subjects such as chemistry or physics, nor any science laboratories in which to do the work.

With B.5-2009, part of Lot 584 in the Sale of the Roger Warner Collection at Christie's South Kensington, 20-21 January 2009. The two pieces combined were bought for a total of £3,090, so notionally £1545 each.

Location: In Storage

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