THIS CRAB CLAW seems like a cross between a boxing glove and a surgical instrument.
It must have been from a crab which had died or which had lost its claw because when
a crab moults its outer shell the parts split and I see no sign of that.
This book of Common Sea Weeds by Mrs Louisa Lane Clark of Cambridge Park, Guernsey
was recently given to me. I can’t find any date in it but it must have been about
the same time that Frederick Warne & Co. started publishing Beatrix Potter’s children’s
There’s an advertisement on the back cover for ‘James Gardner; Bird, Animal and Fish
Preserver, Hoof and Horn Mounter, Furrier and Plumassier’. You could find him at
52 High Holborn, London. No phone number, fax . . . or e-mail.