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Spent a few hours today at the annual London Rock and Mineral show. Most of the vendors specialize in minerals and jewellery, but a few had some fossils. I am not sure about posting images from the specific vendor tables without their permission, but the fossils were mostly what one would expect at shows like these: polished Moroccan orthocerids, Madagascaran ammonites, the usual trilobites, and the GR fish plates.

 

Just a glance down one of the aisles:

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Although I have a digital copy of Trilobites of New York, I'm still a bibliophile of the first water, and sometimes nothing quite beats having a physical book in hand. This is an unopened copy I bought for a very fair price:

 

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But perhaps the highlight of the visit was talking to two vendors who were also local collectors. We talked about our collecting spots and traded a few stories. One of the vendors actually knew Charlie Southworth personally. Of course, after spending some time in conversation it only felt appropriate to make a purchase. So my only fossil purchase was this cephalon of Eldredgeops iowensis southworthi (since we were, after all, talking about Charlie Southworth!). Although just a cephalon, the size is impressive. 

 

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So, not a "major" shopping excursion, but pleasant. Definitely the best part was the conversation with the veteran collectors, swapping names (of fossils, sites, and collectors we know). Good to get out of the house on this snowy day, and even better to return home for some hearty, homemade lentil soup. :) 

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15 minutes ago, Kane said:

cephalon

Very nice indeed. Like the details.

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Nice additions, Kane. 

Cool stuff. 

 

 

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Nice cephalon!

Lentil soup oh boy, I think I'll make some(cold here too).

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Thanks, all. :)

12 minutes ago, Innocentx said:

Nice cephalon!

Lentil soup oh boy, I think I'll make some(cold here too).

It’s been simmering all day so the flavours of all the veggies can mingle. Perfect on a chilly day! :)

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The book is a great purchase Kane. A must have for a serious trilo collector!

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Nothing beats picking up a bit of history. At least you found something to do on a cold and snowy autumn day.

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On 18/11/2018 at 6:44 PM, Kane said:

Spent a few hours today at the annual London Rock and Mineral show. Most of the vendors specialize in minerals and jewellery, but a few had some fossils. I am not sure about posting images from the specific vendor tables without their permission, but the fossils were mostly what one would expect at shows like these: polished Moroccan orthocerids, Madagascaran ammonites, the usual trilobites, and the GR fish plates.

 

Just a glance down one of the aisles:

IMG_5288.JPG

 

Although I have a digital copy of Trilobites of New York, I'm still a bibliophile of the first water, and sometimes nothing quite beats having a physical book in hand. This is an unopened copy I bought for a very fair price:

 

IMG_5293.JPG

 

But perhaps the highlight of the visit was talking to two vendors who were also local collectors. We talked about our collecting spots and traded a few stories. One of the vendors actually knew Charlie Southworth personally. Of course, after spending some time in conversation it only felt appropriate to make a purchase. So my only fossil purchase was this cephalon of Eldredgeops iowensis southworthi (since we were, after all, talking about Charlie Southworth!). Although just a cephalon, the size is impressive. 

 

IMG_5294.JPG

 

So, not a "major" shopping excursion, but pleasant. Definitely the best part was the conversation with the veteran collectors, swapping names (of fossils, sites, and collectors we know). Good to get out of the house on this snowy day, and even better to return home for some hearty, homemade lentil soup. :) 

Cool addition. I live just outside London and I admit I wasn’t aware of such a show. For a theropod or dinosaur tooth collector like myself is it worth going next year in your opinion?

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15 minutes ago, paulyb135 said:

London

I think it is London Ontario Canada. :)

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1 minute ago, paulyb135 said:

 

Ohhhhh:ighappy: ...... :doh!::blink: 

We don’t get many good fossil show in the UK do we:(

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12 minutes ago, Bobby Rico said:

We don’t get many good fossil show in the UK do we:(

 

Unfortunately not! When I saw London my eyes shot up! I guess it makes it a challenge for us less fortunate Brit’s 

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22 minutes ago, Bobby Rico said:

We don’t get many good fossil show in the UK do we:(

We don’t get ANY!

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1 hour ago, JohnBrewer said:

We don’t get ANY!

I know how it is, unfortunately. :(

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1 hour ago, JohnBrewer said:

What country do you live in @abyssunder?


Romania, of course, but this region belonged to Hungary once, so in Europe.
Do you think that in my country are lots of mineral and fossil shows?

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Romania, (and Hungary), are on my list of places to visit. I think Europe is well behind the USA with fossil shows. Of course the German show is the exception. 

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