8th December 2021 10:30 GMT/BST

Natural History & Taxidermy

Lot 249


Natural History: A Very Rare Collection of World Seashells, by repute collected by HMS Challenger, 1872-1876, an interesting and rare to find collection outside of any institution and or museum, a large collection of various World seashells collected by the crew of H.M.S. Challenger while circumnavigating the globe between 1872-1876, housed within a period double door collectors cabinet, the doors opening to reveal eight various sized drawers with indexed individual compartments, all shells with attached data labels, including a small handwritten ledger documenting specimens in full, with locations noted, cabinet size 66.5cm by 37.5cm by 68cm

We know more about the surface of the moon than about the ocean floor. Scientists estimate that 91 percent of life under the sea hasn’t been discovered yet and more than 80 percent of the ocean has never been explored. What we do know about the ocean makes it almost more mysterious. It’s an alien landscape, complete with undersea mountain ranges and trenches deeper than Mount Everest is tall, home to a glorious nightmare carnival of weird, often glowing animals. And most of what we know has only come to light in the last 150 years, starting with the expedition of HMS Challenger. From 1872 to 1876, the 200-foot-long warship was repurposed as a floating lab for the world’s first large-scale oceanographic expedition, circumnavigating the globe and dredging up samples of never-before-seen creatures from the ocean floor. The Challenger explorers brought to light thousands of new species and revealed the oceans to be a place of startling depths and untold wonders. Scientists today still rely on the Challenger findings to study everything from seashells to climate change.

Sold for £2,200
Estimated at £1,000 - £1,500


There is a 31 page documented book which states specimens and locations collected, i have added as many images as possible but unfortunately all cannot be uploaded due to file space, if required please contact me via email and i will where possible forward via email request.

Auction: Natural History & Taxidermy, 8th December 2021

A superb quality auction comprising over 300 lots, including Victorian, Mid-Century, and modern Taxidermy and Natural History specimens by some of the most prolific and renowned taxidermy companies of the last 140 years, to include a private collection of cased Victorian birds and animals from a private vendor, numerous antique and modern African game trophies from various private vendors, rare and unusual Natural history specimens including a large Narwhal Tusk, and three wonderful Blonde Turtle shells.



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