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Amazing antique box of mounted butterflies. Perfect for Lepidopterology and Entomology! the box is wood with a hinged glass cover. The butterflies are pinned, not glued, to proper mounting board at the base.
This is one of a number of different butterfly boxes I have for sale- please look at the rest of my shop! These are all from the same collection.
 
Some of the butterflies have name tags, though occasionally these have a "?" on them! Most of the butterflies are undated but some also have dates which range from the 1945 to 1974. We are not expert enough to know if names match the butterflies. Box is marked Les Fils de Emile Deyrolle, the predecessor to Deyrolles, the Paris Natural Science store famous for entomology and taxidermy.  Deyrolle was created in 1831 and Emile Deyrolle took over in 1866.  In 1888 they moved to their current location in Rue du Bac. They are also famous for their Cabinets of Curiosities which were mainly lost in a fire recently

The box has wear to the edges and scuffing to the black finish at the corners. The glass is firm and uncracked. The box has a handle (indicating it was a drawer) which was punched through the wood. The box hinge has broken so its only attached by the paper covering. The butterflies have all been mounted properly. Condition of the individual insects themselves varies but as far as we can tell they seem broadly intact, though we would not expect all to have full sets of limbs or antennae. Please note that many of the butterflies were pinned in the 1940s and so the pin or body parts may fall in transit to you. Also, the boxes do not currently have loops or rings for wall hanging, though this could easily be added.

Its very rare to find a box in condition this good. This is must for collectors as well as anyone with an interest in natural history!

Measures: 38.9 x 25.8 x 5.5 cm / 15.3 x 10.1 x 2.2 inches

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Entomologist box Butterflies Deyrolle Paris

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