Shell comm. 1866 laying Atlantic cable.

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Shell comm. 1866 laying Atlantic cable.

Shell given to me by my grandmother about 1938, Inscribed for Mary Jane Scholfield Nov 12 1866 to commemorate the laying of the Atlantic Cable by the SS Great Eastern. Scrimshaw inscription and decoration with detailed information as to the Vessel's tonnage, weight of cable etc. Uniting England with America. Further to the recent TV programme I saw a piece of the original cable from a regional museum, which the curator described as possibly the "dullest object" in the collection, thus reminding me of this beautiful shell in my possession, linking the two objects. The synergy between the sea bed the cable and this famous ship help complete an historic moment in time.

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