The Shell Project
by Robert Marchiselli
I have been collecting specimen shells for 33 years now and my father Edward Marchiselli has been collecting specimen shells for over 50 years. The Shell Project is an attempt to put together an online account of our combined collections and to make a useful guide for collectors and beginning collectors as to specimen shell descriptions, photos, identifications, habitat and other useful information. The world of mollusks is fascinating. I am not a scientist, just a computer technician and a worldwide dealer of seashells however I hope to be able to contribute some useful information to the collector as well as the scientific community. I wish to try and cover all aspects of shell collecting as well as help new collectors spot what to look for and how not to get taken when buying specimen for their collection. The beginning of The Shell Project is a work that I put together back in 2000. It is the beginnings of a shell database featuring our combined collections. It has many errors and is still a work in progress. I invite you to view this and share with me any information that may be helpful. It is my goal to turn this into a very useful tool for the collector and scientist. I am currently using my stored information and photos to put The Shell Project together. I have been selling specimen seashells now for 5 years and will use what stored information I have to build the project. Estimated completion time: Ongoing as time permits. If anyone would like a CD of the shell collection cost is $10.00 plus $4.50 Priority shipping. This would help to cover research costs and time spent. Of course I will be working on this in my "spare time" when I'm not busy getting inventory ready to sell or working on computers.
You can find out more information regarding this project on my website www.randttreasures.com