Mahogany geological mineral & fossil chest (James Tennant)
Lot 351
A rare Charles Tennant mahogany cabinet of minerals, rocks and fossils, English, dated 1858,
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 8,288) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A rare Charles Tennant mahogany cabinet of minerals, rocks and fossils, English, dated 1858,
trade label applied to the interior of the case printed "MR TENNANT Mineralogist By Appointment to Her Majesty.......August 1858", the case with hinged door opening to twelve drawers each mounted with approximately 28 specimens, 24 1/2in (64cm) high

Footnotes

  • James Tennant (1808-1881) was the first Professor of Mineralogy at Kings Collage, London and official mineralogist to Queen Victoria. He was consulted in 1852 for the re-cutting of the famous Koh-I-Noor diamond.
    His shop at 149 Strand sold a wide variety of minerals, fossils, collectors cabinets and microscope slides.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note: this cabinet should correctly be ascribed to James Tennant.
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