Glass case with seaweed, seashells, and sea urchins

A large wooden case with a glass panel cut into the lid containing a large collections of different types of sea shells and coral. Printed on a label inside the case are the words “SHELLS COLLECTED BY THE LATE CAPTAIN W.A. WILLIS R.N. GREENWICH HOSPITAL, 1856-62. PRESENTED TO THE R.N. MUSEUM BY HIS SON MAJOR W.W.G.B. WILLIS R.N. L.I. IN 1907”. The shells are separated into 5 boxes sitting inside the case on beds of cotton wool. The paint on the outside of the case has come away in various places on the case.

Object Details

ID: AAB0221
Collection: Natural History
Type: shell, sea
Display location: Not on display
Places: Bristol
Date made: Before 1907
People: Willis, John 'Jock'; Willis, W W G B
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Measurements: Overall: 395 mm x 1573 mm x 765 mm

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