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Old time Devonian coral specimen from Devonshire, UK. Frechastraea

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Specimens 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.

 

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JohnBrewer

They’re really beautiful in their own right as well as for study. What are you cutting your slices with? Must be a big saw. 

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Tidgy's Dad

Very pretty coral indeed. :)

The colour and polishing are exquisite. 

Must sort through my Devonian UK corals ans see what i have. 

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FossilDAWG

I'm glad someone else has a fondness for these beautiful corals.  :wub:

 

Don

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15 minutes ago, JohnBrewer said:

They’re really beautiful in their own right as well as for study. What are you cutting your slices with? Must be a big saw. 

 

I didn't cut this one, just polished out the scratches (it may be a 19th century cut tablet) although I do have a 14" rock saw that I've used with my other stuff. 

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6 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Very pretty coral indeed. :)

The colour and polishing are exquisite. 

Must sort through my Devonian UK corals ans see what i have. 

Thanks! - I'd love to see them, I only have a few.

 

5 minutes ago, FossilDAWG said:

I'm glad someone else has a fondness for these beautiful corals.  :wub:

 

Don

I've been a coral addict for years, comes of having Mississippian limestone twenty minutes away. :)

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Fossildude19

That is quite spectacular looking!  :wub: 

Thanks for showing us, Tarquin. 

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TqB

Thanks, Tim!

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Jeffrey P

Those are very beautiful pieces. Congratulations on an excellent acquisition and thanks for sharing them with us. 

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ynot

Neat looking piece!

Kinda looks like 1960's wallpaper.

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On 07/03/2018 at 12:49 PM, Jeffrey P said:

Those are very beautiful pieces. Congratulations on an excellent acquisition and thanks for sharing them with us. 

Thank you!

On 07/03/2018 at 6:32 PM, ynot said:

Neat looking piece!

Kinda looks like 1960's wallpaper.

Thanks, I want some of that!

 

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Bobby Rico

Now that is stunning, colours are beautiful. Thanks for showing us. 

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1 hour ago, Bobby Rico said:

Now that is stunning, colours are beautiful. Thanks for showing us. 

Thanks, Bobby! I'd like to get my hands on some to cut but they're much harder to collect than Carboniferous ones in the UK - I believe most of the extant sites are SSSIs.

Strangely, I have found some Devonian bits on the Yorkshire coast that must have been imported for some reason, not as good as this though.

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