During the 19th and early 20th century some people from Wolverhampton ventured far and wide, acquiring an eclectic mix of items on their travels. These collections offer a fascinating insight into the travels and interests of our forebears. Two such collectors were Daisy and Monica Mander, intrepid travellers who gathered indigenous handmade crafts during their foreign trips. Beautiful costumed dolls and baskets from Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Europe were subsequently donated and now form a useful and interesting educational resource.
Largest in this category is our Asian Decorative Arts collection. It comprises mainly 19th Century Japanese and Chinese decorative objects along with a small range of decorative and everyday objects collected in India and the Middle East. The Japanese collection is particularly strong, with fine examples of intricately detailed swords and sword’s furniture, carved ivory netsuke and beautiful lacquered inro.
Although no field collecting was ever undertaken by the museum service, we have a small but interesting archaeology collection of Mediterranean ceramics and Roman glass. These collections were donated between 1888 and 1908 by the Brassey family, Councillor H Beresford Jones and the Mander family of nearby Wightwick Manor.
Dr Fraser, president of the Dudley and Midlands Geological and Scientific Society, and medical practitioner in Wolverhampton, bequeathed his collection of geological specimens in 1911. Numbering over 7,000 specimens and almost entirely composed of British fossils, the collection represents all main groups, though most stages of geological history. The bequest is rich in Silurian corals, bryozoans, trilobites and brachiopods from the Dudley Limestone and Much Wenlock Limestone formation. Many specimens are of excellent quality and come from localities which no longer exist.
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