Firstly, I had over three hundred books to shelve; that can take a while when you are actually fussy as to what should go next to what!
I then spent (wasted?) ages trying to make something of these...
I began by gluing the split ammonite on to a small base but I then found the glass display jars so thought I could perhaps put the two ammonite pieces inside those. I love the fossils in rocks, so cleverly made. Before someone tells me the ammonites would be very large when scaled up I did google it and the largest specimen found was eight feet so I think I am way inside that parameter. These are real incidentally.
The complete ammonite needed raising up as it looked silly sitting at the bottom of the glass jar. I found some corners of door frames and knocked off the edges with rough sandpaper to get it to fit in the jar... it needed more sanding than you see here.
Et voila two 18th century specimens that belonged to a favourite poet perhaps.
Just a reminder of the trompe-l'oeil effect when the door is open. I am still very happy with that.
The table holds a lovely art folder containing some prints of tropical plants. The eighteenth century was one of discovering new continents and new botany and it is recorded in many poems of the time.
(Elizabeth's field of interest and work)
There is also a collection of old maps showing the known world during the 1700s.
The display jars look good in place on the shelf to the right of the door at the back. The small fossil is propped between some books.
I still have one shelf to fill on this right wall
Even more space over here on the left