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TqB posted a topic in Member CollectionsA few old collection specimens of Devon coral that I've acquired over the years. In scarce supply now, the south Devonshire area around Torquay and Teignmouth was once (mainly 19th and early 20th c) the centre of an ornamental "marble" industry. Much of it went into high class interiors (floors, pillars etc.) but there was a large usage of small pieces for ornamental objects (desk furniture, trinket boxes) and also as inlay pieces for magnificent tables. Fossil specimens were also specifically sold as such. It's not a true marble but a range of well compressed, heated and mineralised limestones that has a range of colours and takes a fine polish. I haven't yet worked out detailed stratigraphy for any of these specimens but they're Middle and Upper Devonian. Apologies for the scratches on some of them - I haven't yet refinished them either. The brass scale is 1cm long. First, a couple of little tablets of Frechastraea sp. 2nd piece: And the only other rugose one so far, a Phillipsastraea sp. that has been fractured and subsequently stylolitised with pink/red veins - this is common in a lot of limestone from the area.
TqB posted a topic in Member CollectionsSpecimens of corals from the Devonian limestones of Devonshire in England are hard to come by nowadays - this is one I've just bought and repolished. It's likely to be a 19th century sample from when the quarries and marble trade were flourishing - many such pieces were sold then as scientific specimens, and many more were used decoratively. Frechastraea sp. , Givetian/lower Frasnian, Torquay area. The brass scale bar is 1cm long.
DanKurek posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsHello Everyone. In a few days, my dad and I will be heading to Torquay and the Otways for a week to collect fossils, snorkel, spearfish and relax. I have found a few fossil locations around Torquay and Marengo but was wondering if anyone knows of any legal fossil collecting sites around the Otways and what I should bring to collect in these sites. Thanks, Daniel