Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Unusual Artifacts: A Case of Insects, 19th C

A Case of Insects
Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
This and all related images courtesy of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Collecting preserved dead creatures was a favorite Nineteenth Century pastime. From taxidermy to neatly-pinned insects, many a glass case was adorned with an artful arrangement of death.

Here’s one such case. This one comes from the Royal Collection. We’re not sure which of the Royal Family collected and/or assembled it. And, we’re also not sure just how far back it goes, but, it’s quite attractive considering it’s a gilded case of dead bugs. Included are a tarantula, forty-eight butterflies and moths, and twenty-eight beetles.

The case appears to be assembled from the remains of a larger showcase.

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