More miniatures for my Edwardian gentleman of varied natural history interests!
There's a selection of recent bits and pieces here, and a few things I've had a while : the stag is a miniature genuine bronze sculpture I found on a trade stand at a Horse Trials event, the same artist had various different sizes and animals, the tiniest were perfect for a 12th scale miniature display and I think Amyas would be rather impressed by big old red deer stags.
The fish is the most recent addition, he was an 80p plastic one for a dolls house fishmonger stall but by trimming off surplus fins with a scalpel blade and a tiny bit of repainting he makes a nice taxidermy trout! There's a close up of him here
if you'd like another look - note the horrendously unrealistic backdrop and tatty handfuls of dead grass, just like real ones of the era were often mounted with!
I'd wanted to do butterflies in a case for a long while, but not having access to a colour printer I couldn't make my own - I finally found realistic 12th scale ones as nail art transfers on ebay, which can be cut out complete with the backing paper rather than soaked off and stuck down as intended
The second picture frame is filled with real fossil shells arranged in a decorative way, very popular at the turn of the century to make a collection look pretty
rather than just set out in taxonomic order!
You can also see the shell jar, still being added to : it's not full enough yet but another summer's worth of beach visits ought to find me enough tiny shells to have it topped up to the brim. The wine glass has a couple of feathers inside, one from a wren and the other from Amyas's favourite bird, the peacock! I met one in the carpark of Belvoir Castle and as well as stalking him a little bit to get good photos, collected up some of his moulted feathers. You can't really tell cos the light isn't catching it but I found one of the metallic blue feathers so small it must be from his forehead, but at this scale would be from his chest where the feathers are the same colour and shape but many times larger!