Object StatementObject lesson card, part of collection, 'The Goat', framed, mohair / leather / cardboard / glass / wood / textile, published by Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1880-1884
Physical DescriptionThis is one of a set of inexpensive cards designed for use in classrooms but framed at considerable expense for the purpose of exhibition. Most of the cards, whose subjects relate to the Animal, Vegetable or Mineral Kingdom, have an illustration as well as text and specimens. This card, Animal Kingdom No 5, has an illustration of an angora goat, and attached to it are a sample of mohair and samples of chamois, Morocco and kid leathers. Under the card's heading is a classification for the species, from division (Vertebrata) through class, order and sub-order to family (Bovidae) and genus (Capra), and under that the specimens are named.
The text provides information about chamois, cashmere and angora goats as well as about products obtained from goats: milk and cheese, especially in Switzerland and Syria; chamois leather made from the skin by the 'oil process'; expensive shawls spun and woven by Tibetan women from the wool of the cashmere goat; mohair, from the angora goat; skin, used to make bottles in 'the East' since biblical times; Morocco leather, made by tanning and used for bookbinding and upholstery; and kid gloves and boots, made in Britain and France from the skins of young goats.
Below the explanatory text is written: OLIVER AND BOYD, TWEEDDALE COURT, EDINBURGH / SET OF TWENTY, Price 21s LONDON: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL AND CO.
There are two metal-reinforced holes near the top of the card for hanging it in a classroom. The wooden frame is painted black with gilt edging and has two rings attached on the top edge for hanging it in an exhibition. The price of 21 shillings for a set of twenty cards would not have included the frames.