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Historic 27-Drawer Mahogany Specimen Cabinet

  Lot # Z138
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🔍 Historic 27-Drawer Mahogany Specimen Cabinet - Owned by the Colorful Paleontologist Rousseau H. Flower 🔍

This exquisite mahogany specimen cabinet is not just a piece of furniture; it's a window into the vibrant life and extraordinary career of its previous owner, Rousseau H. Flower. This remarkable cabinet belonged to the enigmatic entomologist and paleontologist, Rousseau H. Flower, whose legacy in the scientific world is as captivating as his eccentric personality.

🌟 Rousseau H. Flower: A Man of Many Passions 🌟

Rousseau H. Flower was not your typical scientist. Trained as an entomologist, he initially delved into the world of dragonflies and orthopterans. However, in the 1930s, he embarked on a remarkable journey into paleontology, ultimately becoming one of the most prolific paleontologists of the 20th century. He was a premier monographer, responsible for describing over 100 new genera and 400 new species.

But what truly set Flower apart was his colorful and unorthodox behavior. He was known for his audacious antics, such as dressing as an ape for a scientific conference and even inducting his dog into a paleontological society. Flower's passion extended beyond science; he was a multi-talented musician, a chain smoker, and a man who took his eccentricities into the shower!

🚀 Shooting Ceilings and Cracking Whips 🤠

In the annals of scientific history, few can match Rousseau H. Flower's penchant for eccentricity. He once accidentally shot a hole through his office ceiling, right into his boss's office! 

Beyond his marksmanship mishaps, Flower took to wearing western-style "cowboy" clothes and proudly carried bullwhips and pistols. His explanation for these accessories was just as unconventional as his wardrobe choice – he claimed to use the bullwhips on rock outcrops he disliked or, more humorously, on his wife.

🦖 Cabinet Description 🦋

Now, let's turn our attention to this magnificent specimen cabinet. Crafted with precision, it stands as a testament to the fine craftsmanship of its time. Notably, it features a stepped crown atop, adding an elegant touch to its design. Resting on a scroll base, this cabinet boasts a total of 27 drawers, each with its unique charm.

On the right side, you'll find 15 drawers, with the top and second drawer thoughtfully combined at some point in its history. On the left, there are 12 drawers, where the lower set of three pairs has also been ingeniously merged. The sides are adorned with beveled panels, adding to its aesthetic appeal.

As you explore the drawers of this cabinet, you may find not just a place to store your treasures but a connection to the legacy of Rousseau H. Flower. Who knows what fascinating specimens or hidden secrets this cabinet may have held during its time in the possession of this remarkable scientist?

This cabinet is more than just a piece of furniture; it's a piece of history, a connection to the eccentric world of Rousseau H. Flower, and an opportunity to house your own collection of treasures in style.

Don't miss your chance to own this extraordinary cabinet with a rich history and a legacy that stretches beyond its elegant mahogany exterior. Bid now and become a part of the intriguing story of Rousseau H. Flower and his world of science and eccentricity.

  • 27 Drawers
    (13) 1.75" X 19.75" X 20"
    (4) 5.75" X 19.75" X 20"
  • Tongue & Groove Planed Panel Back
  • Solid Wood Construction, No Veneers
  • A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this Historic Piece of Furniture

Good, Signs of Wear and Use Commensurate With Age,
Left Side Lock Panel Absent, Burn Marks On Top, Burn Marks on Drawer Interior Edges, Old Repairs (Right Rear, Front Right)
The smoke smell is long gone, fortunately!

56.25" X 48" X 24.5"


Lot # Z138
System ID # 14030212
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