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Ernst A. Böttcher
(1864-1945?)

Ernst August Böttcher was a well-known mineral dealer in Berlin, Germany. He was a supplier of natural history specimens (animal, botanical and mineralogical) for collectors and for teaching purposes. His exhibit was awarded a gold medal at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Active ca. 1900-1910.

A precursor organization was probably the business of E. Böttcher, Materialwarenhändler, at Köpenickerstraße 45 in Berlin in 1868. Ernst August Böttcher, Sr. and his wife Auguste Luise Schulz had a son, Ernst August Böttcher, Jr., born in Berlin on May 10, 1864. The mineral dealership of E. A. Böttcher first appears in the Berlin city records in 1898, at C2 Brüderstraße 15. He advertised Großes Lager von Mineralien, in Schul-Handstücken, bis zu den kollossalsten Krytsallgebilden ("Large stock of minerals, in school hand-specimens to collosal crystal groups.") He also appears in the records for 1911, 1927 ("school specimens, retail"), 1936 ("scientific specimens for schools"), and 1943 ("natural history specimens for schools"). The store was bombed during World War II, on February 3, 1945, and never reopened; it is possible that Ernst Böttcher died in the attack.

References:
GRUNDMANN, G. (2007) Personal communication.
International Genealogical Index
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The Mineralogical Record - Ernst A. Böttcher Catalog ad for Ernst Böttcher
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The Mineralogical Record - Ernst A. Böttcher An ad for "A." Böttcher at the same address as in the post-1904 ad shown above.
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