[ Augustus Franks; British Museum ] Autograph Letter Signed "Augustus W. Franks" to "[William Boyd ] Dawkins", geologist and archaeologist, Curator of Manchester Museum etc.

Augustus W. Franks [ Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826 – 1897), antiquary and museum administrator ]
Publication details: 
British Museum, 28 January 1881.
SKU: 22599

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, good condition,difficult hand at times. "I am very glad that you have had so successful an expedition. | The objects to which you allude do not appear to be interglacial. They consist 1. of cores left in [turning?] vases, grey [schistore?] slatewith a few garnets, [found?] used to strengthen a [?] [track?] - the Val d'Ayas, Italian side of monte Rosa [???] of the material & given to the BM by W.B. Rickman & Gorrell Barnes. 2. These fragments of vases [catalogued on BM website] of the same material found in the higher part of the pass Col Colon given by John Digby. | The latter may well have been part of a load of such objects being carried across the pass in question & broken en route. | The age of these objects is very [?]. They may be even Roman. They are also noticed in Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries 2d. Series vol. VI.439."