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Ornament Horseshoe Crab

Price: $16.00
Item Number: 0056O
Manufacturer: Drummer Cove Design
Manufacturer Part No: 0056O
The mold for this pewter casting was taken from a young horseshoe crab that washed up on a Cape Cod beach. Horseshoe Crabs are among the world's oldest and most fascinating creatures. It is 2 1/4 inches long and weighs 0.8 ounces.
They are estimated to be at least 300 million years old. The earliest Horseshoe Crab species were crawling around the Earth's shallow coastal seas for at least 300 million years before the dinosaurs even arrived, which was about 200 million years ago. Since that time, the Earth's landmasses have shifted dramatically, and thousands of other species have come and gone, but Horseshoe Crabs survived and today remain much as they were those millions of years ago. People have used Horseshoe Crabs for centuries. More recently they have been instrumental to scientific research that has contributed significantly to human health. Still today, when people see for the fist time this strange creature with an armored shell and spiked tail, it is often with trepidation, along with the question, "What is that thing?". Meet the Horseshoe Crab!

The technique of replicating the exact shape of sea creatures was developed by Jeff Mitchell, a pewter smith from Wellfleet, Cape Cod. All sea creatures are cast in a high grade lead free pewter.

©2012 Jeff Mitchell       -  -       P/N:0056O

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