Reproduction Victorian era Wardian plant transport/display case glasshouse

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Seller: gtrombino3808 (892) 100%, Location: Lara, VIC, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 273980459791 Here I have a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to obtain a rare, unique and very high quality reproduction of a Victorian era indoor Wardian plant transportation/display case. Its comprised of two separate but matching cases that can either be displayed apart or together. The top case (pyramid shaped) has a hanging eyelet built in for suspension if desired along with a framed glass side section that is removable for access. Meanwhile the bottom case has a framed glass top that lifts off for access. Both cases are constructed with a lightweight timber frame (cedar?) which is then bound at all corners by brass brackets, screws and decorative bolts. Ventilation openings are built into the frame throughout and the base of both cases is comprised of slats for drainage. Condition overall is excellent with no glass breaks and only slight wear and tear to the wood surfaces. Dimensions are as follows; lower case 710mm wide X 710mm deep X 430mm high, upper case 710mm wide X 710mm deep X 540mm high (total height 970mm). In 1829, Nathanial Bagshaw Ward (a medical doctor) accidentally discovered that an enclosed glass case could provide ideal conditions for the growth and safe transportation of plants across the New World. Four years later he decided to test his invention by transporting two of his cases filled with a selection of ferns, mosses and grasses from London to Sydney (at that time the longest sea journey then known). The new glass cases could be kept on a ships deck allowing the plants to receive sunlight while also protecting plants from salt water. With time and testing these cases were further developed to better protect the plants with the inclusion of ventilation holes. The invention of this safe way to transport plants was vital for the development of international trade, making it possible to transplant commercially significant plants from their native habitats and introduce them into cultivation within new countries and markets. This method of plant transportation became less common as technology (ie. air transport) advanced, however it was still in use at Kew Gardens (England) until 1962. The Australian story of the Wardian case is an important and untold one with each state having an important connection to it. New South Wales received the first plants from Ward himself. The Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew) sent its first Wardian cases full of fruit trees and ornamental plants to Western Australia. The Adelaide Botanic Gardens even had a path lined with Wardian cases. Tasmania was vital in the 19th-century fern trade and Queensland used the Wardian case to transport the cactoblastis moth to help solve their prickly pear infestation. Meanwhile Victoria today is home to Australia’s largest nursery industry which simply cannot be separated from the long global history of moving beautiful and useful plants to Australia more than a century ago (Luke Keogh "The Wardian Case"). Item will be pickup only unless you're prepared to organise your own specialist shipping. Viewing of item is possible with prior notice; I can also for a small fee deliver to central Melbourne/Geelong and points in between with prior agreement. Please also see my other items for sale. Original/Reproduction: Reproduction

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