For the designer/typographer/collector who has a spare $10k and isn’t paying off some clock of distinction:
Bonhams Sale 18252 – Natural History, 27 May 2010
580 Madison Avenue, New York
Lot No: 1328
Natural Agate Alphabet
There are only five complete natural agate alphabet sets known to have been assembled and the present set is one of them. Through perseverance and hard work the lapidary artist has cut these twenty-six cabochons from large pieces of natural translucent agate that contained iron-stained fractures. Typically, these natural inclusions in the agate take the form of an abstract pattern or cross, but with great care, the lapidary artist can observe where the stained fractures form shapes which are more interesting, and then orient the cabochon so that those shapes appear as letters. It can take many years to assemble a set such as this as only a few agate “letters” are found each year. Certain letters, such as Q and R, are especially difficult to find. Truly a wonder of nature and a fascinating item for those loving natural history curiosities, heights approximately 10mm.
Estimate: $7,000 – 10,000
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