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3D Scanning Rare Museum Mourning Cross for Education

3D Scanned, 3D printed and individually hand painted  to allow students and visitors to handle and see at a close look without risking to damage the original piece for the Barracks Hyde Park Museum.

More and more museum’s around the world are now scanning their collections and opening them up to children all around the world allowing access to treasures that are usually in glass cabinets or down in the archives never to be held and passed around on a school excursion. What better way to learn about history than to hold and feel that heritage item by downloading the digital file having already been 3D Scanning and processed reading for 3D Printing.

Dimensions are : 3 1/2 inches in length; 1 1/2 inches in width; approx. 1/2 inch in depth; weight is 13.3 grams

This is a stunning antique and rare book piece Victorian mourning cross in gutta percha. It is circa 1860 and has superb textured clusters of roses and leaves in high relief all over the cross shape. This piece is pictured on page 56, in the 7th edition of Old Jewellery 1840 – 1950 by C. Jeanenne Bell (2008). The piece is large, beautifully made and has the soft luster and deep warm black of gutta percha.

History: Queen Victoria wore mourning black after the death of her husband Prince Albert in 1861, until her death in 1901. The rest of the British Empire followed, wearing mourning jewellery following the death of a loved one. Whitby jet was the favoured material for mourning pieces, but substitutes such as Gutta Percha were also used.

Putting a treasured possession in the hands of students now available from the Sydney Living Museums.

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