2018 du Pont Trophy highlights iconic seashell book
The pearlescent marine sea snail abalone is the inspiration for this year’s du Pont Trophy, featuring two specimens of the green abalone Haliotis fulgens Philippi, 1845 (DMNH 10958). These specimens have a beautiful nacreous layer and were selected by the Museum’s first Mollusk Curator, R. Tucker Abbott, for illustration in the second edition of American Seashells, published in 1974, an essential resource for shell lovers and an important part of the Museum’s history. The du Pont Trophy, painted by artist Lauren Sweeney, is awarded as the Best of Show award at shell club shows in North America, beginning with the Broward Shell Show in Pompano Beach, Florida this month. In 2017, 11 du Pont Trophies were awarded.