Victorian carved wood Terrarium. England ca. 1860
Victorian hexagonal terrarium. The collection of rare plants from
all over the world was a popular pastime as well as a serious pursuit.
Easier travel advanced the sciences, especially botany. 'Collectors' would
show off their field specimens and treasures at home in these specially
made, often elaborate, display cases.
A Wardian case
The Wardian case was the direct forerunner of the modern
by Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward (1791–1868), of London, in about 1829
after an accidental discovery inspired him. Dr. Ward was a physician
with a passion for botany. His personally collected herbarium
amounted to 25,000 specimens...
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Iron and glass Wardian case
with ferns and other plants
Victorian Fern vase and Wardian Cases, 1870s,
from the New York Public Library
'Terrarium with ferns and ivy'
From 'Rustic Adornments for Homes of Taste'.
by Shirley Hibberd (1825-1890), Groombridge, 1870
Different types of Wardian cases