The Asteroceras now seated on a bronze plate base supported by bronze upstands, easily detachable for study and transportation. The naturalistically positioned ammonite prepared and contained in the original limestone nodule or boulder, once the fine muds of the Jurassic seabed, now transformed into limestone. Discovering an ammonite of the calibre, completeness and size, of this particualr specimen Asteroceras is an extremely rare event. Add to this the quality of the preparation of this uncommon specimen which stands head and shoulders above other similar types. Exhibiting suture patterning, excellent colour with calcite variations which have developed within the cephalopods shell and fossilised over millions of years, providing an interesting insight into the internal morphology of the specie Asteroceras. All these factors put this ammonite in a top five percent bracket of discoveries of this type.
Revitalising these fascinating, extinct marine animals phragmacones (exoskeleton-shell) and presenting them in a dramatic way, makes them perfect for collectors or interior designers. Ammonites are becoming increasingly more difficult to gain, particularly the best of the best, from the fossiliferous coasts of the United Kingdom. Our shores may crumble inexorably towards the sea, creating landfalls and new opportunities for collecting, however these types of rarity and quality remain in short supply. Laborious collecting and preparation techniques make the extraction arduous and time consuming, an all too common fact of fossil collection today in an ever developing and changing environment of Britain.