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Cow Horn with engraved scene of the Great Exhibition building.
[n.p., n.d., but c. 1851]. 69 cm overall; engraved with decoration and a view of the exhibition buildings in Hyde Park. Rare and unusual, if now somewhat ludicrous, memento created and sold at the time of the Great Exhibition, and perhaps on 'view' in the Crystal Palace itself. The carving is finely executed and bears more than a passing resemblance to the work of C.H. Wood of Poplar, London, who is known to have produced conch shells with similar views, "Executed with a common Penknife", for both the 1851 and 1862 Exhibitions. Indeed Wood had a stand at the 1851 Exhibition and the present rather grand piece may have been on display there. Only pieces that were manufactured inside the exhibition building could be sold to visitors, somewhat to the dismay of the organisers, cart loads of vases, pates, stationary and other such objects that, with the addition of a personalised name or some form decoration, could then be sold by exhibitors. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Pickering & Chatto [London, United Kingdom]
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