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I am excited to offer a selection of very rare meteorite albumen from 19th century British meteorite collector James R. Gregory (1832-1899). These neatly-labeled, one-of-a-kind photos were made during the 1890s and offer us a rare glimpse at some of the various specimens that Gregory held in his collection. This is the first time I have ever seen anything like these. They are truly little pieces of art and are perfect for framing or dressing up the meteorite cabinet.

But first, who was Gregory and what exactly are albumen photos?

Gregory was one of the leading mineral dealers in London during the 19th century and founded one of the longest-running mineral dealerships in the world, now known as Gregory, Bottley, & Lloyd. Gregory also assembled one of the largest private meteorite collections of that era, numbering several hundred falls as well as several key aesthetic masses. Soon after his death in 1899, a large portion of his collection was sold to Henry A. Ward (1834-1906). Most of Gregory's meteorites ended up in collections of the British Museum and the Field Museum of Natural History.

Albumen printing is a primitive form of photographic printing that utilizes egg whites to bind photographic chemicals to paper. The technique became the dominant form of photographic positives during the mid to late 19th century.

All prints are mounted on their original cardstock backing. Over the last 120+ years, the cardstock has developed a slight curve. Please note that this curve has no impact on framing and can be pressed flat. Priority Mail USA $7.20; International First Class $13.95.

If you would like to reserve a print or have any questions, please contact me at info@historicmeteorites.com

Copyright 2017 - M. Bandli - Photos may not be used without written permission

ALFIANELLO, Italy
7 x 6.25 inches. Gregory's notes on backside.
SOLD

1890s J.R. GREGORY METEORITE ALBUMEN.

Reference and further reading:

WILSON, Wendell E. (2017). Mineralogical Record Biographical Archive, at www.mineralogicalrecord.com

LA BELLA ROCA (Bella Roca), Mexico
7 x 6.25 inches
$125

MERCEDITAS, Chile
7 x 6.25 inches
$125

SIERRA DE CHACO (Vaca Muerta), Chile
7 x 6.25 inches. Gregory's notes on backside.
$125

TABORY (Ochansk), Russia 
7 x 6.25 inches. Photo is of a figure in Russian journal. $95

THUNDA, Australia 
7 x 6.25 inches
$125

TOLUCA, Mexico
7 x 6.25 inches. Gregory's notes on backside.
$125

All photos come with a descriptive identification card from our collection.

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