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In the late 19th century Robert Brendel and his son Reinhold produced beautiful and accurate models of enlarged flowers at Breslau and Berlin. Usually, the models were made of papier mâché, but with other materials added to give detail and texture: wood, cotton, rattan, pulp cane, glass beads, feathers and gelatine. Reinhold was decorated with the Prussian silver state medal in appreciation of his business activities. The University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum has in its care over 150

In the late C Robert Brendel and his son Reinhold produced beautiful and accurate models of enlarged flowers at Breslau and Berlin.

The Glass Flower Collection, Harvard Museum of Natural History by rowteight, via Flickr

The Glass Flower Collection, Harvard Museum of Natural History by rowteight, via Flickr

Victorian Botanical model - Google Search

Victorian Botanical model - Google Search

Victorian Botanical model - Google Search

Victorian Botanical model - Google Search

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was expensive to provide each medical school student with a microscope, but anatomical details of plants can be tough to see with the naked eye. Medical schools and museums (including the Smithsonian) relied instead on glass botanical models like these for student instruction. They could even be "dissected!"

Digitalis In the late and early centuries, it was expensive to provide…

Papier-machémodel van parnassia, Parnassia palustris

Papier-machémodel van parnassia, Parnassia palustris

apple flower botanical model

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