*VICTORIAN RENAISSANCE RE VIVAL HEXAGONAL TERRARIUM ~ six canted glass sides of the top + bottom section,framed with well carved moldings. The collection of rare plants was a popular pastime + pursuit. "Collectors" would show case their field speciments at home. The terraium is a direct descendent of Wardian case (invented 1829 by Dr. Nathaniel Ward) which can closely replicate the Earth's water cycle, trapping + recycling the available moisture + encouraging growth. English, c. 1860-70.