A pair of engraved Turban shells, commemorating the Great Eastern. 2
Lot 282
A pair of engraved Turban shells, commemorating the Great Eastern. 2
£500 - 700
US$ 850 - 1,200
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A pair of engraved Turban shells, commemorating the Great Eastern. 2
Lot Details
A pair of engraved Turban shells, commemorating the Great Eastern.
The shells engraved and filled with black ink, one with a depiction of the steamship under it's original name, engraved: Steam Ship "Leviathan" launched 31 Janr 1858, together with details of her major dimensions, the other entitled The Great Eastern Steam Ship. (2)

Footnotes

  • The shell of the Green or Pearly snail, Turbo Marmoratus, found in the China Seas and elsewhere in the Pacific. The shell titled Leviathan pre-dates the name change. It is recorded that when the Great Eastern made her first visit to New York an artist known as Charles Herbert Wood sold engraved shells with the ship's picture from a booth on board. These two examples are unsigned, although some larger examples tend to be inscribed.
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