A Good c.1940s Framed Entomology Collection

Origin: English
Period: Mid Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1930-50
The Case:
Height: 14 inches
Width: 18 inches
Depth: 2 inches

The hinged oak collectors case with hanging hook and buff coloured interior housing a collection of predominantly butterflies but also a beetle and two dragonfly specimens, the whole containing thirty nine examples surviving from the mid twentieth century.

The deep oak collectors case is in sound structural order and is hinged for access. One of the hinges has some loss. The specimens themselves are in super order with 95% remaining in tact and pinned, though with the usual amount of loose dust collected in and around the ensemble. Most colours remain vivid and the specimens are stable on their pins.

The examples within the case are nicely varied, from a huge eight-inch wing-spanned Atlas Moth specimen, peacocks and fritillaries to a stag beetle and two dragonfly, with a wide range of distinctive colours and patterns, some rarer than others. Most of the specimens are native to Britain.

The flutter of insect’s wings doth cause a decorative stir.