A Decorative Early 20thC Mounted Natural History Specimen of a Starfish


Origin: English
Period: Early Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1910-1920
Height: 18 inches
Depth: 2.5 inches
Width: 8.5 inches (all at maximum)

Rod mounted on an ebonised circular plinth stand the dried starfish having five rays radiating from the central disc.

In good order, there are no flaws to report other than light general wear commensurate with age mainly to the stand. There is some very light looseness to the rod.

There are about 1,800 living species of starfish that occur in all the world's oceans, including the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian as well as in the Arctic and the Southern Ocean regions. Starfish possess a number of widely known characteristics, such as regeneration and feeding on mussels and some can live to the age of around thirty-five.

One does not see too many of these around, so very wonderfully nautical and delightfully decorative.