March 1, 2011

An Antique Butterfly Observatory!

Corgyncombe Nature Studies
The other day whilst tidying the parlour for Valentine's Tea, Diane came across a delightful find that she acquired last year well after butterfly season was o'er. From behind the sofa where it was put for safe keeping, by its leather strap, Diane lifted out the antique wire mesh butterfly observatory.


An old glass slide from The Corgyncombe Magic Lantern Theatre.
The girls have gathered flowers, one lad is collecting butterflies, and if you look closely at the other lad you can see that he is collecting specimens in his vasculum.



These butterfly cards were found last weekend whilst perusing Corgyncombe's vast antique ephemera collection. This butterfly observatory will be such fun to observe butterflies in when there is lovely warmer weather.





Butterflies in the Corgyncombe Gardens remind the Corgyncombe Courant of Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Tom Kitten". As Mother Cat Tabitha was expecting company she had dressed her three kittens up in fine clothes. More preparations needed to be completed before her guests arrived so she let her kittens go out in the garden but warned them to be careful not to soil their clothing. There is an illustration of Tom Kitten dressed in a darling blue suit and straw hat amusing himself with a butterfly as it flits about the garden.


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1 comment:

Christie said...

You must must must add Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton Porter, to your library! I just know you will love the story of Elnora gathering moths and butterflies from the woods where she lived. It was my Grandma's favorite book...and I discovered it when I was but 14... The same age as Elnora!

Lovely, lovely post!
Christie

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