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Turn of the Century Antique Wrought Iron Wardian Case on Stand, circa 1900

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About This is an original wrought iron Wardian case/terrarium on a detachable stand. The case has glass panels on all sides. There are eight curved glass panels on the lid. The lid lifts open and can be propped open with with an arm and hook. Creator: Unknown. Date of manufacture: circa 1900. Materials and techniques: Wrought iron, glass. Condition: Good. Wear consistent with age and use. One curved panel in the back needs replacing which is reflected in the price. Dimensions: H 51 in. W 28 in. D 19 in. History The Wardian case was an early type of terrarium a sealed protective container for plants. It found great use in the 19th century in protecting foreign plants imported to Europe from overseas, the great majority of which had previously died from exposure during long sea journeys, frustrating the many scientific and amateur botanists of the time. The Wardian case was the direct forerunner of the modern terrarium and the inspiration for the glass aquarium. It was invented by Dr. Nataniel Ward (1791–1868), of London.

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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages.
  • Dimensions
    H 51 in. x W 28 in. x D 19 in.H 129.54 cm x W 71.12 cm x D 48.26 cm
  • Seller Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1280215816541
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