Cabinets of Curiosities

There is no time like the present to rummage through a Cabinet of Curiosities, visit places filled with eccentric, quirky collections and to pull some old things out. Baba Yaga is an old friend who visits the Hearth from time to time. Do her bidding and you will be rewarded.
Heather Blakey

A cabinet of wondrous curios
A delightful collection
Objects,
Carefully placed
Lying, seeming unconnected
Next to each other
Evoking,
Triggering memories
Permitting the mind to
Wander to faraway places

Microscopes,
Scales, microtomes,
Drafting tools,
Cameras,
Magic lanterns
Antique candle powered projectors
Fine laboratory glassware
Vintage beakers, funnels, test tubes, crucibles,
Dessicating jars
And a one-off hand blown, baroque piece carefully stored

A pair of rare wax anatomical models
Crutches and callipers,
Arm braces,
Blood pressure meters
And first aid dummies
Antique botanical prints
Woolly mammoth hair
Coprolites,
Spiny trilobites,
Skulls, fish and ammonites stored in labelled draws.

Butterflies mounted in Petri dishes
An Atlantis Moth
Obscure,
Whimsical and wonderful
Packets of seed,
Very old taxidermy birds, in excellent condition
Hand-made pills,
Patent medicines and toiletries.
The scent of human breast milk, swamp water and sex
Stored in tiny laboratory vials

All combine to fill
A purveyors
wonder chamber of
creative stimuli

  1. Sally said,

    September 23, 2009 at 8:00 am · Edit

    I love the picture and the words! I’ve been looking for something important not seen for many years and have found some curiosities of my own! Either the objects are curious or I am curious as to why I have them!!

  2. Lori said,

    September 23, 2009 at 9:31 am · Edit

    My gosh! What a treasure trove of ideas. Hmmmm…. what can I do with coprolites?!

  3. cronelogical said,

    September 23, 2009 at 11:47 am · Edit

    Places I’ve been
    things I’ve made mine
    a cabinet of life
    and a story designed. More than fun here. Fran

  4. traveller2006 said,

    September 23, 2009 at 2:12 pm · Edit

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10 responses

  1. What a wonderful cabinet and I love the words. Victorian curiosities from the natural world meets 21st century ephemera (the smell of breast milk, swamp water and sex. I love it.

  2. yes a cupboard of curios i have year books, barbie doll shoes, book marks, free post cards, feathers, and all sort of things in little boxes and drawers… its not clutter…its stories.

    1. it is a true treasure trove for a story teller June. I know my old friend Archie’s Box of Wonderment has led to many stories.

  3. mmm all those treasures that tell a persons life story perhaps ……..

    1. I agree that curios collected within a Cabinet of Curiosites might well tell a life story.

  4. Have you heard of Joseph Cornell? He was the king of art boxes. I have always been inspired by his work. When he died they found a room of shoe boxes with labels of all his tiny collections.

    1. I haven’t heard of Cornell Luna but I would very much like to see some of his work. Shoe boxes filled with tiny collections? For some reason this reminds me of making tiny cabinets out of used match boxes. I might be tempted to do so again, just to generate old childhood memories.

      1. Heather, I have posted some of his work on my blog:
        http://lunaswings.wordpress.com/2009/09/25/joseph-cornell/

        hugs, Luna

  5. There should be more of this going on. There is such a wealth of memory in those little compartments. Love it, Heather.

  6. i really do love shelves like this, we have one of yowie creatures…. from the chocolate…

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