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Object ID # 2017.040.031
Object Name Specimen, Botanical
Title Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern)
Date c. 1925
Made McColl, W. R.
Place of Origin Grey County, Ontario
Description A Grey County fern specimen Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern), mounted on a large piece of paper. There are two specimens left, one has a bent stalk and a pencil notation of 45 1/2 in., the other one has 43 in. The right side has a missing item. The shape of the stalk is stained into the paper and there are red-printed sticker paper used as tape. Several words are still visible "SAVE --BOOK IS / WORTH ..." (might be from wartime post office savings stickers? see 2017.040.032 as it has intact examples)
Provenance One of a group of specimens pressed and mounted on paperboard that W. R. McColl assembled between 1917 to 1930. W. R. McColl was an active botanist and collector in the 1920s, and this item was likely mounted around 1925 (or earlier). He was an Owen Sound businessman / merchant (b. 1855-d. 1933).

The Owen Sound branch of the Ministry of Natural Resources later updated the collection with white paper folder top covers, likely as environmental protection from dust and light.

At an unknown date, the specimens were given to Nels Maher, an Owen Sound printer, field naturalist and fern expert, who kept them at his home. After 2005, they were kept by his wife, Jean Maher (née Weir).
Collection Natural History Collection
Material Cardboard/Paper/Fern/Ink/Glue
Dimensions W-71.5 L-54.8 D-0.3 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People McColl, W. R.
Maher, Nelson
Subjects Ferns
Search Terms Ministry of Natural Resources (M.N.R.)
Function Ministry of Natural Resources Herbarium Specimen (initially collected by W. R. McColl in Grey County)