Hounds Tongue Plant Specimen from 1879 Herbarium

Regular price $55.00

I have a fantasy that one day at a flea market I'll uncover a beautiful antique herbarium that's been sitting in the bottom of a box for 150 years or so filled with page upon page of perfectly documented pressed and dried plant specimens.  Alas, this has yet to happen, but I did recently find this and one other (listed separately) herbarium pages, I'd guess removed from a larger volume. This one is Hounds Tongue, a robust plant, as one can see (!), with large leaves, thick stems, burgundy-red flowers and nutlets that stick like nettles to clothing. It was arranged and pressed just right and has  endured remarkably well; really a lovely thing. The paper, too, is in excellent shape, with just a very little bit of age toning around the edges, which makes it feel all the more romantic.

It has been backed with a bright white heavy weight sheet of rag paper just to protect it and which is easily removed. It alone measures 16" x 11 1/8". Shipped flat packed in glassine between sheets of cardboard.