Antique Mineral Labels and
their accompanying Mineral Specimens from
the Collection of Paul de Bondt

Old mineral specimen labels represent a real historical value. Only recently dealers, collectors and curators realized this, following a long period of indifference when labels were neglected, discarded or destroyed.

It is now recognized that the presence of a label -or possibly of a set of labels- accompanying an early mineral specimen always enhances the interest and value of both. Labels constitute a first hand documentation that provides evidence of the origin and the history of the specimens; their "pedigree". Labels also give information concerning the successive owners (names of collectors, dealers or museums), sometimes including their address and qualification, and often indicative of their interest and specialties. In many cases, the existence of a collection, its importance and the system used to classify the minerals, were deduced from old labels. Occasionally the general appearance (esthetic value, design, handwriting...) of a label contains a subtle indication of the collector's personality.

Old labels represent an important historical source of information and should never be separated from their accompanying mineral specimens. Part of the Romé de l'Isle collection has become untraceable due to the insertion of the original labels in other collections of the M.N.H.N. (Paris).

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Label Archive

The Mineralogical Record Label Archive is a collection of original printed mineral specimen labels. With over 15000 examples cataloged it probably constitutes the largest gathering of its kind. It is certainly the most documented source of information in this field, including biographies of mineral collectors and mineral dealers, and history of institutions.

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