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Title Specimens of articles in common use.
Classification Three-dimensional artifacts
Physical Description 1 box (141 specimens) ; 16 x 25 x 9 cm, 1 volume (14 leaves) ; 11 cm
Full Orbis Record http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/13046287
Notes

Box of 141 small specimens, predominantly natural, collected by an unidentified compiler, mid-19th century. The collection was presumably for use as a teaching aid. The box is accompanied by a small manuscript booklet, bearing the title and a numbered list of all 141 specimens present (written in neat cursive). The specimens are distributed in three trays stacked inside the box; silk ribbons attached to each tray facilitate their removal. Each tray has a dense network of custom-sized compartments, with dividers covered in dark red paper. Each small compartment bears a printed number (on white paper), keying the specimen to the entry in the accompanying booklet. Most specimens are loosely placed in the compartments; some are in stoppered glass vials.


The box's brass hinges are inscribed "P.M. & Co., patent."

Contents

First tray. Animal: 1. Honey-comb -- 2. Bee's wax -- 3. Cochineal -- 4. Cantharides -- 5. Whalebone -- 6. Spermaceti -- 7. Glue -- 8. Isinglass -- 9. Leather -- 10. Skins -- 11. Catgut -- 12. Hair -- 13. Horn -- 14. Mother of pearl -- 15. Bone -- 16. Tortoishell -- 17. Ivory -- 18. Cocoon -- 19. Silk, raw -- 20. Silk, velvet -- 21. Silk, chenille &c. -- 22. Silk, spun -- 23. Silk, lace -- 24. Silk, woven -- 25. Sponge -- 26. Coral -- 27. Wool -- 28. Wool, Berlin -- 29. Woolen cloth -- 30. Felt -- Vegetable: 31. Pimento -- 32. Mace -- 33. Nutmeg -- 34. Cloves -- 35. Cinnamon -- 36. Ginger -- 37. Cassia buds -- 38. Pepper -- 39. White pepper -- 40. Long pepper -- 41. Chillies -- 42. Cayenne -- 43. Mustard -- 44. Carraways -- 45. Coffee -- 46. Coffee roasted -- 47. Coriander -- 48. Manna Kroupe -- 49. Tapioca -- 50. Rice -- 51. Arrowroot -- 52. Sago.


Second tray. 53. Linseed -- 54. Flax -- 55. Flax, Irish -- 56. Flax, spun -- 57. Thread -- 58. Lace work'd -- 59. Lace -- 60. Tapes &c. -- 61. Linen -- 62. Hemp -- 63. Tow -- 64. String -- 65. Cord -- 66. Canvas -- 67. Flowers -- 68. Wheat -- 69. Bran -- 70. Pollard -- 71. Flour -- 72. Bread -- 73. Lassagna -- 74. Starch -- 75. Semolina -- 76. Vermicelli -- 77. Wafers -- 78. Macaroni -- 79. Iceland moss -- 80. Cardomons -- 81. Cocoa-bean -- 82. Cotton -- 83. Cotton, Nankeen -- 84. Cotton, reeled -- 85. Cotton, velvet -- 86. Cotton, woven -- 87. Cotton, tapes &c. -- 88. Cotton, bindings -- 89. Cotton, lace -- 90. Cotton, card &c. -- 91. Chamomile -- 92. Tea -- 93. Sassafras -- 94. Buckwheat -- 95. Barley -- 96. Barley, pearl -- 97. Rye -- 98. Maize -- 99. Oats -- 100. Tares -- 101. Millet -- 102. Peas.


Third tray. 103. Gypsum & plaister of Paris -- 104. Soap, barilla, seaweed -- 105. Ink powder. Green copperas, gall nut, gum arabic -- 106. Papers -- 107. Sealing wax. Shell-lac. Resin & vermillion -- 108. German tinder -- 109. Asbestos -- 110. Coal & coke. Cinder (burnt Bank of England notes) -- Dyes: 111. Indigo -- 112. Alkanet -- 113. Archill -- 114. Saffron -- 115. Logwood -- 116. Gamboge -- 117. Madder -- 118. Alum -- 119. Caoutchouc -- 120. Camphor -- 121. Guaicum -- 122. Copal -- 123. Benzoin -- 124. Tragacanthe -- 125. Frankincense -- 126. Myrrh -- 127. Aloes -- 128. Mastic -- Wood: 129. Rose -- 130. Holly -- 131. Royal George -- 132. Straw -- 133. Bog oak -- 134. Satin -- 135. Ebony -- Barks: 136. Cascarilla -- 137. Soap tree -- 138. Cork -- Roots: 139. Gentian -- 140. Cerris -- 141. Hellebare.

Call Number In Process
Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts
Subject Terms Education -- Great Britain.
Natural history -- Study and teaching.
Science -- Study and teaching.
Animal products -- Specimens.
Minerals -- Specimens.
Plants -- Specimens.
Dyes and dyeing -- Specimens.
Spices -- Specimens.
Textile fabrics -- Specimens.
Wood -- Specimens.
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