Collection of Large Abalone Shell Specimens

GBP 1,545.00

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Object Description

A collection of striking large abalone shell specimens from a private collection, each presented on a bespoke painted plaster display plinth.

The shells have an open spiral structure and iridescent rainbow-like exterior that glisten in the sun. Their colours seem to change from different angles.

A stunning decorative collection to be placed near a window basking in natural light.

Some of the specimens are in natural condition, while others have been polished.

Abalone Shells

Abalone shells are an important element in numerous Indigenous cultures around the world, particularly in Africa and the Northwest American coast. Typically found in New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, North America, and Japan, varying in size.

They are now generally used for ornaments in modern culture but were once used as currency in some communities.

Thanks to their layers of nacre, the same substance pearls are made from, abalone shells gleam on the inside and out.

Sometimes mistaken for mother of pearl, abalone actually has distinctive differences; the shells are darker in colour and a grey background.

Additional information

Four of the shells are on medium sized custom display plinths and one on a small plinth.

Medium sized plinth: ø17cm x height 6.5cm.

Small sized plinth: ø10.5 x H6.5cm

Some are marked with collection numbers.

Overall dimensions are for specimens and bases.

Additional dimensions

Smallest shell (collection number 1363 – picture ) – Height 13cm x width 11cm x Depth 5cm (5.12in x 4.33in x 1.97in)

Largest shell (seen in picture 4) – Height 18cm x width 15cm x depth 7cm (7.09in x 5.91in x 2.76in)

Weight for specimens – 1.02kg

Object Condition

Good structural condition. Some in natural condition, others polished. Naturally made, prehistoric specimens formed by nature over millions of years. Formations, variations and markings are natural and are to be celebrated as features of each specimen.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:15 x H:18 x D:7 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44(0) 1981 541 155

Dealer Location


From the M50 / Ross-on-Wye
At the end of the M50 take the A40 towards Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. Take the A49 Hereford Road (third roundabout after leaving the M50) Ignore the first two signposts for Wormelow, Stay on the A49 for approximately nine miles take the next left turn after passing the Pilgrim Hotel, singed A466 Wormelow. Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side, the site is called; Grove Farm / The Grove.

From A49 Hereford
Follow the A49 south from Hereford for approximately five miles. After the uphill section at the Callow there is a layby on your right followed by one on your left. Take the next right turn onto the A466 singed Wormelow / Monmouth, Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side on Grove Farm / The Grove.

UK Heritage
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