Embosed folder showing the Crystal Palace, 1851.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Folder, posibly formerly a stationery holder, with an embosed and gilded leather covers illustrating the Crystal Palace built for the Great Exhibition of 1851. The Crystal Palace designed by the landscape designer Joseph Paxton (1801-1865), and was the first large-scale prefabricated ferrovitreous (iron and glas) structure. The prefabricated design made the construction, and later dismantling, easier and quicker. The exhibition was held at Hyde Park, London in 1851.