Science & Natural History

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Date of the auction: 24.05.2019

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A PIERCED BRASS CELESTIAL GLOBE

A PIERCED BRASS CELESTIAL GLOBE PROBABLY FRENCH, MID-16TH CENTURY Comprised of two brass hemispheres joined on at the ecliptic, which is graduated and numbered every 10°, alternately shaded every 1°, the constellations labelled — the cartography after Johannes Honter (1498-1549) — the Equator

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £100,000 - £150,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A GERMAN PLANETARIUM

A GERMAN PLANETARIUM ERNST SCHOTTE, circa 1892 Signed on the dial ERNST SCHOTTE & Co. BERLIN, W Geographisch-artistische Anstalt . the geared mechanism working and crank handle actuating all the planetary arms, the nine arms supporting: Mercury; Venus; painted Earth and Moon; Mars with two

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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SEYMCHAN METEORITE SPHERE — AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL CRYSTAL BALL

SEYMCHAN METEORITE SPHERE — AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL CRYSTAL BALL Pallasite – PMG Magadan District, Siberia, Russia This specimen originates from a Seymchan meteorite sample that underwent a number of stages of cutting and then grinding and polishing in a sphere-making device. The crystalline habit of

Lot #: 40

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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COMPLETE SLICE OF A MOON ROCK — NWA 10309

COMPLETE SLICE OF A MOON ROCK — NWA 10309 Sahara Desert, North West Africa Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia) Signature inclusions of anorthite are in evidence in this complete slice of a Moon rock. In addition to mineral clasts of anorthite, this breccia also includes pigeonite and

Lot #: 17

Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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AN AMETHYST GEODE

AN AMETHYST GEODE URUGUAY The highly aesthetic freeform of a dynamic zoomorphic appearance, the face cut and edges polished to reveal crystal forms of rich purple amethyst through to clear quartz, the reverse in natural state, supported on custom stand. 34½ x 15 x 8in. (87.5 x 38 x 20.5cm

Lot #: 42

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A LARGE GOGOTTE FORMATION

A LARGE GOGOTTE FORMATION FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE From the Oligocene (circa 30 million years ago), of natural form with many layers of concretions forming caverns and holes, supported on stand. 26 x 30 x 8in. (66 x 76 x 20cm

Lot #: 96

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A GOGOTTE FORMATION WITH NATURAL HOLE

A GOGOTTE FORMATION WITH NATURAL HOLE FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE Of natural form, from the Oligocene (circa 30 million years ago), supported on stand. 22 x 14 x 10in. (56 x 36 x 26cm

Lot #: 92

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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AN INTACT ELEPHANT BIRD EGG

AN INTACT ELEPHANT BIRD EGG MADAGASCAR, PRE-17TH CENTURY A complete egg of an Aepyornis maximus, maximum diameter 8 inches. 11 x 8 x 8in. (28 x 20 x 20cm

Lot #: 99

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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AN IMPORTANT FULLY ADULT ICHTHYOSAUR

AN IMPORTANT FULLY ADULT ICHTHYOSAUR GERMANY The complete and articulated skeleton of a female Stenopterygius quadriscissus with remains of two juveniles, from the lower Jurassic (circa 184 million years ago) Posidonienschiefer Formation (Posidonia Shale, Lias epsilon), Lower Toarcian, zone of

Lot #: 182

Estimate: £300,000 - £500,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A RED MEGALODON TOOTH

A RED MEGALODON TOOTH NORTH CAROLINA The 5-inch tooth of a Carcharocles megalodon from the Langhian (16-14 million years ago), Meherrin River, showing fine preservation and a rich, rarely seen, colour. 5 x 3½ x 1¼in. (13 x 8.5 x 3cm

Lot #: 162

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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THE EGGS OF A SAUROPOD DINOSAUR

THE EGGS OF A SAUROPOD DINOSAUR FRANCE From the Late Cretaceous (101-66 million years ago) a fine example of a nest of Cairanoolithus sp. egg in their original matrix, supported on stand. 43 x 24 x 30in. (110 x 60 x 75cm

Lot #: 181

Estimate: £15,000 - £25,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL DRAGONFLY

A FOSSIL DRAGONFLY SOLNHOFEN, GERMANY From the Jurassic (circa 150 million years ago) the finely preserved 6-inch specimen of Urogomphus eximus in original limestone matrix. 14 x 20 ½in. (36 x 52cm

Lot #: 151

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 24 May 2019

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A DODO SKELETON

A DODO SKELETON MAURITIUS, BEFORE 1690 The near-complete composite skeleton from fossil remains from Mare-aux-Songes and rare bones found by Etienne Thirioux, a Mauritian naturalist active around the turn of the 19th century. 25 x 22 x 14in. (64 x 55 x 35cm.) Provenance Paul Carié (1876-1930) Thence

Lot #: 155

Estimate: £400,000 - £600,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A LARGE IRIDESCENT AMMONITE

A LARGE IRIDESCENT AMMONITE CANADA The 19-inch Placenticeras interclare from the upper Cretaceous, Bearpaw formation (75-72 million years ago), showing strong iridescences of red, orange, green and purple, placed in matrix supported with wall mounting. 44 x 29 x 5in. (112 x 74 x 13cm

Lot #: 122

Estimate: £25,000 - £50,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A TRIPLE FOSSIL SEALILY PLAQUE

A TRIPLE FOSSIL SEALILY PLAQUE GERMANY From the Lower Jurassic, Toarcian (182-174 million years ago) Posidonienschiefer Formation, Holzmaden Germany, three curved specimens of Seirocrinus subangularis with well preserved large crowns, placed in a stabilised matrix, anchored to shelly flotsam. 82 ½ x

Lot #: 138

Estimate: £40,000 - £60,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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AN UNCOILED HETEROMORPHIC SPINY AMMONITE

AN UNCOILED HETEROMORPHIC SPINY AMMONITE FRANCE From the Hauterivian, Early Cretaceous (circa 133-129 million years ago), the 16-inch specimen of Crioceratites nolani prepped on original matrix to form a free-standing sculpture supporting the ammonite which survives in marvellous state of

Lot #: 107

Estimate: £15,000 - £25,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A LARGE AMMONITE

A LARGE AMMONITE MADAGASCAR From the Cretaceous (circa 145-66 million years ago), the 21-inch Douvilleiceras sp . with most of the shell intact to the front with partial exposure to the suture lines below, the reverse partially opened revealing the mass burial of several smaller species inclucing

Lot #: 106

Estimate: £15,000 - £25,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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AN ENGLISH 2¾-INCH POCKET GLOBE

AN ENGLISH 2¾-INCH POCKET GLOBE NATHANIEL HILL, 1754 Comprised of twelve hand-coloured engraved gores and two polar calottes, the cartouche signed A NEW Terrestrial GLOBE by Nath Hill 1754 , the terrestrial globe with graduated equator, meridian through London, the map showing New Holland, Dimens

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A PAIR OF SIX-INCH TABLE GLOBES

A PAIR OF SIX-INCH TABLE GLOBES G. & J. CARY, 1824 Each comprised of twelve hand-coloured engraved gores, supported with hour discs in graduated brass meridians, the terrestrial cartouche CARY'S NEW SIX INCH TERRESTRIAL GLOBE, DRAWN from the latest AUTHORITIES. London: Published by G. & J. Cary

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £6,000 - £9,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A TERRESTRIAL GLOBE SUPPORTED BY HERCULES

A TERRESTRIAL GLOBE SUPPORTED BY HERCULES SCHOTTE, EARLY 20TH CENTURY The 12-inch globe with cartouche TERRESTRIAL GLOBE Carefully compiled from the best Authorities, Berlin, E. Schotte & Co , supported on graduated brass half-meridian arc, on cast bronze stand of Hercules. 26½in. (67cm.) high

Lot #: 3

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500

Date: 24 May 2019

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A PAIR OF SWEDISH TABLE GLOBES

A PAIR OF SWEDISH TABLE GLOBES CIRCA 1824 BY CARL FREDRIK AKRELL (1779-1862) The 25-cm (10-inch) globes each supported in graduated brass meridian rings sitting in restored birch tripod stands with ebonised horizon rings with bronzed flowers at arcs, hand-coloured engraved calendrical scales; the

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A RARE PAIR OF SWEDISH GLOBES

A RARE PAIR OF SWEDISH GLOBES Andreæ Akerman (c.1723-1766) Each 12-inch globe comprised of twelve hand-coloured engraved gores and two polar calottes, each supported in graduated brass meridian rings with hour rings and pointers, sitting in later stands with facsimile horizon rings; the terrestrial

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £10,000 - £12,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A BRASS ARMILLARY SPHERE

A BRASS ARMILLARY SPHERE POSSIBLY ITALIAN 16TH CENTURY The 8-inch sphere composed of continental brass with a later brass ecliptic engraved with scales for zodiac [0°]-[360°], graduated unnumbered equator divided to 1° by alternating groups of 10°, two similarly graduated colures through equinoxes

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A ''GRAND SOHLBERG'' CELESTIAL GLOBE

A "GRAND SOHLBERG" CELESTIAL GLOBE SWEDISH CIRCA 1880 The 9-inch diameter glass celestial sphere engraved on the outside with the lines of latitude and longitude and the tropic and polar circles, the equatorial graduated in degrees and hours, with applied steel ecliptic band, the interior with a

Lot #: 8

Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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AN ENGLISH SURVEYING COMPASS

AN ENGLISH SURVEYING COMPASS RICHARD RUST (fl.1752-85) Signed on the arm R*RUST LONDON , finely engraved 8-point compass rose with foliage motif with graduations [0]-[90°]-[0]-[90°] numbered by 10°, inset from a raised scale 0-360° degree scale, blued compass needle, two sight vanes, in original oak

Lot #: 9

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A CUFF-TYPE MICROSCOPE

A CUFF-TYPE MICROSCOPE JOHN CUFF (c.1702-1772) Signed on the stage JOHN CUFF IN FLEET STREET LONDON , the limb engraved with markings for objective positions 1-6, accessories include: stage forceps; six objectives (one lacking lens); frog plate; lieberkuhn; tweezers; brass slides; on mahogany stand

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A BOHEMIAN ORRERY

A BOHEMIAN ORRERY PROBABLY BY FELKL, LATE 19TH CENTURY Unsigned, the 3-inch terrestrial globe with lithographed gores and cartouche JORDGLOB, calendrical dial, the geared mechanism actuating movement of Mercury, Venus, Eartth-Moon, and Mars, on Felkl-type cast iron stand. 29in. (74cm.) long

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A BOHEMIAN TELLURIAN

A BOHEMIAN TELLURIAN LATE 19TH CENTURY The 3-inch terrestrial globe with lithographed gores and cartouche JORDGLOB , blue glass oil lamp over calendrical dial, the working geared mechanism on Felkl-type cast iron stand. 21in. (53cm.) long

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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LUNAR PHOTOGRAPHS

LUNAR PHOTOGRAPHS GERMAN, CIRCA 1970 Collage of twenty five photographs showing details of the lunar surface during different phases. Framed. 55 x 47in. (140 x 120cm

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A LUNAR GLOBE

A LUNAR GLOBE CIRCA 1963 The 33-cm diameter globe comprised of twelve gores and two polar calottes, the cartouche RATHS MONDGLOBUS [...] Verlag: Paul Rath Nachf. KG, Leipzig [...] two and half gores unmapped, supported on Bakelite stand. 16in. (41cm.) high

Lot #: 15

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 24 May 2019