Period: Mid Twentieth Century
Height: 8 inches
Diameter: 5 inches (at base)
The turned and stained oak base having a glass dome cover, containing four preserved butterfly specimens each positioned round a naturalistic setting, survives from the third quarter of the twentieth century.
The glass dome and wooden base are in sound structural condition and the specimens themselves are in also in good preserved order though one of them, (Orange Albatross?) has been faded, probably due to constant positioning in direct sunlight.
The four examples within the dome are a mixture of natives and non natives to Britain and are The Peacock, The Orange Tip, The Pansy Daggerwing from Mexico/Peru and The Orange Albatross (?).
Lepidoptery, the branch of science dedicated to the study of butterflies and moths, has its own legendary figures, and its history is both long and glorious.