Miss J. E. Linter (1844-1909)
Miss Juliana Emma Linter’s collection of land-snail shells is outstanding in its breadth and quality.
She was born in Teignmouth to a well-known musical family. At an early age she went to study in London and was a regular reader at the British Museum.
Miss Linter started her collecting in the 1880s. The basis of her collection was formed by the acquisition of collections from Mr Theobald and Colonel Skinner. Skinner’s collection had many specimens belonging to the order Helices (Miss Linter’s favourite order of molluscs) as well as rare specimens from Mr Wollaston’s collection.
She communicated regularly with the conchologists of the day and could almost have been described as a shell dealer. In communications with a curator at Exeter Museum in 1902 she described herself and her collections as follows:
Miss Linter died at home in Twickenham on August 30th 1909. A letter from Miss Florence Jewel (her executor and fellow conchologist) expressed Miss Linter’s wish that her collection be donated to the Museum:
Her wishes were duly followed and some of her many specimens are on display in RAMM’s Finders Keepers? gallery while the rest is held in More in Store. Her collection of fossils was also donated to the Museum.