Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 288

Corsi 288, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 288  
Name and quarry location: Derbyshire fossil marble, from Miller's Dale, near Tideswell, Derbyshire, England  
Geological description: Carboniferous Limestone; Lower Carboniferous coral (Lithostrotion) limestone  
Comments: The fossilised remains of crinoids (sea lilies) and corals are particularly abundant in Carboniferous Limestone, a geological formation that outcrops in various parts of Britain including the Derbyshire Peak District. It has been quarried for centuries and used as a building stone, a decorative stone, and now mainly as crushed aggregate. This specimen is one of seventeen given to Corsi by William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire. William Brindley (1899) confirmed that Corsi’s locality ‘Milners Rale’ would have been Miller's Dale. Perhaps it was sent to Corsi with locality details written in rather bad handwriting.  
References: Brindley (1899a); Hewitt (2001); Lee (1888) 31-32; Price (2007) 170; Rogers (2008) 64-66; Watson (1916) 13-18  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 3. Lumachellas; ii. Italian lumachellas  
Corsi's text: 87.57 Stellaria nera di Milners Rale in Inghilterra  

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