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This ensemble dates from a time when teenagers and young ladies were introduced to the creation of herbariums and insect boxes, especially butterfly showcases. At the end of the 19th century in Germany there were whole "equipment for the small collector" in the trade. Among them was the botanizing case. It was part of general education to be well versed in the local flora.
The ensemble consists of a hat, blouse, skirt, belt, landing net, botanizing case and boots.
The straw hat has colorful medallions on the sides. In the front area wavy decorative elements made of straw (straw curls). Very well preserved. Discreet traces of wear. One tear in the so-called "straw curls". The straw is not brittle, but still supple.
The blouse is made of white lace, half-length sleeves, high collar. The skirt is made of white cotton with three-dimensional embroidery. Both are in very good condition. The waist of the skirt turns out slightly larger (than the waist of the blouse). The belt is embroidered; however, the one buckle is missing. In good condition. The brooch is not included.
The landing net has a wooden frame. It was used to catch butterflies in forests and meadows and kill them in a poison jar. After that they were "needled" and put on a small cushion, which was kept in the botanizing case.
The botanizing case is a cylindrical vessel made of green sheet metal. It was used to transport plants taken from the wild. On site, the plants were dug out of the ground as completely as possible with flower and root. In the case of larger plants, only the parts of the plant needed for identification, such as the shoot, leaf, flower and fruit, were preserved. To preserve such plant specimens, they were pressed between blotting paper under weights or in a plant press. When dried, the plant parts were then attached to a paper and labeled with the place and day of discovery and, if known, the full scientific name.
The sport boots are made of white linen. The boots appear to have been painted white. A normal process for boots of this type. This is also how these sport boots were "cleaned" 115 years ago.