Montagu label

The label and mounting card for a shell from George Montagu’s collection. Specimen(s) now missing. Label reads ‘reticulatus var. Despite there being 5 scars on the car only 1 shell was present when the collection was donated.

In January 2020 the Montagu Collection was awarded Designated status by Arts Council England. This mark of distinction recognises the collection’s international significance to the scientific community - it is the most intact and taxonomically important collection of British shells of the early 19th century (1800-1816) to be found anywhere in the UK.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collector Excavator
Montagu, Colonel George (from the collection of)
Common Name
Montagu label
Simple Name
mollusc: shell
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)

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CERITHIIDAE: Bittium reticulatum [Da Costa] var: needle whelk label only