A Fine Mid 20thC Lepidopterist's Shadow Boxed Display of Silk Moths


Origin: English
Period: Mid Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1950-70
The Case:
Height: 10 inches
Width: 8.25 inches
Depth: 1.75 inches

The glazed pine shadow box case housing four specimens of silk moth (Bombyx mori) surviving from the middle of the twentieth century.

The case is in good condition and ready for wall mounting whilst each specimen remains in fine fettle.

Examples of the silk moths preserved here include the Cecropia Silk Moth (North America) and The Siberian silk moth (Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Korea and Japan.)

Silkmoths are moths whose pupae are surrounded in a silken cocoon. They are represented by members of the Bombycidae and the Saturniidae. Both Families are farmed for their silk; the silk of the former being more highly regarded - both for the quality and quantity of silk produced. The Silkworm moth (Bombyx mori Latr.) being the most frequently exploited member of the Bombycidae. The Saturniid moths, especially within the genera Samia and Antheraea, produce Tussore silk.

That wall of yours is ever so boring without a case of giant silk moths, isn’t it?