A unique resource on the history of natural history collecting...
... A collection of antique naturalia and other rare memorabilia

Established since 2006 - Online since 2010

The main mission of the privately funded Tricottet Collection is the preservation of historic natural history items. By this term, we refer to objects relating to the field of natural history, which are associated with individuals, institutions or events in history.

The purpose of the Tricottet Collection is threefold:
• To PRESERVE and CATALOG historic natural history specimens, especially minerals, fossils, shells and meteorites.
• To PRESERVE and ARCHIVE original documents relating to natural history collecting.
• To RESEARCH and EDUCATE on the subject of natural history collecting through history.



The Tricottet Collection is divided in three sections (Hall of Minerals, Hall of Life and Hall of Meteorites), in which selections of rare and aesthetic natural history specimens, by category, are displayed. Every specimen once sojourned in one or several collections of historical importance, from museums or from influential individuals.



Special Collections are groups of objects that originate from a same estate and can be considered as stand-alone collections. A mission of the Tricottet Collection is to protect these collections of being broken up, to preserve the history of the original collections.



The Libraries of The Tricottet Collection focus on the history of natural history collecting. They consist of two collections, The General Library and the specialized Library of Meteoritics. They contain about 200 volumes separated into the following categories: History, Collections, Meteorite falls & finds and Other.



Archives of the Tricottet Collection form a unique resource on the history of natural history collecting. They include the Biographical Archive, the Label Archive, the Manuscript & Correspondence Archive and the Image Archive.


The Cabinet of Curiosities of the Tricottet Collection consists of an heteroclite accumulation of Naturalia and Artificialia related to natural history. This section does not only consider antiques but also contemporary oddities. So we do not seek to recreate a cabinet of curiosities from another era, but we want to build a modern day curiosity cabinet, one that provides a sense of wonder in our Information Age.



We are continuously looking to expanding and diversifying The Tricottet Collection through donations, purchases or trades. Please contact us for further details.



Historical Investigations - Identifying and preserving the past of natural history specimens is the main mission of The Tricottet Collection. The term past here refers to the time period over which the specimen is in the hands of Man, from its discovery to the drawers of The Tricottet Collection, via other collections of historical importance.



Articles by The Tricottet Collection published in magazines and peer-reviewed journals on the topic of history of natural history collecting.

Latest addition: Mignan, A. and B. Reed (2012), The Monnig Meteorite Collection Numbers Revisited, Meteorite magazine, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 10-13. FULL TEXT NOW AVAILABLE



We buy old natural history collections. Please contact us for further details.

Dec. 2013 / METEORITES
According to a post on the Meteorite List, The Tricottet Collection website obtained the best Google PageRank increase between 2010 and 2013, based on a comparison of about 100 meteorite-related websites.


Dec. 2013 / MINERALS
Rare glass and wire crystal model from The Tricottet Collection featured on Palagems Gem News: "Virtual Museums Offer Educational, Eye Candy".


Apr. 2013 / METEORITES
The Great Meteor of 18th August 1783 by Henry Robinson, The Tricottet Collection Image Archive, featured in the NHMW meteorite gallery book by Brandst├Ątter et al. (2013).


Apr. 2013 / METEORITES
We are thrilled to announce that The Tricottet Collection is now in permanent display in the world's oldest and largest meteorite exhibit, at the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien! Well not our collection per se but our name. Follow the image trail to find us.


Aug. 2012 / METEORITES
Article The Monnig Meteorite Collection Numbers Revisited by A. Mignan & B. Reed published in Meteorite magazine, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 10-13.


Jul. 2012 / METEORITES
Henbury shrapnel from The Tricottet Collection featured on 3 pictures in the book Henbury Craters & Meteorites - Their Discovery, History and Study by Buhl & McColl (2012).


May. 2012 / METEORITES
The Tricottet Collection cited in a newspaper article entitled "The day the sky fell, Bishopville meteorite surrounded by fact and legend", Lee County Observer, Wednesday, May 23, 2012 issue.


Feb. 2012 / METEORITES
Dr. Arnaud Mignan receives a 2012 Harvey Award, category Research and Curation, for his work with The Tricottet Collection, meteorite research, and preservation.


Nov. 2011 / METEORITES
Article Claims of Indigenous Life Forms in Meteorites: A Short Review by A. Mignan published in Meteorite magazine, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 34-38.


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