Has anyone got some ideas of things that i could collect for a natural curiosities cabinet?
Ok so I seriously am starting to believe that I was born in completely the wrong century. I am completely in love with the natural world and all it’s oddities. Leave me in a natural history museum and I’m one happy little bunny. One day I would love to go to the states and visit the proper Museum of Natural History in NY.
But in the mean time. I am sticking close to home. They have just finished renovating our local museum here in Perth. It has been renamed Boola Bardip. It means “Many Stories” in Wadjuk Noongar which is the language of our first nations people and traditional owners of the land and country.
I took myself off on a solo adventure to the museum. I needed to see the whale. I remember him being on display as a kid then he was packed away. All but one vertebrae on display for so many years.
I just have always loved Otto. He was my single purpose for going to the museum.
I have decided this year I am going so spend my money on me and things that i would like rather than being shiponed for every $ by narcissistic exes. So I have started a little cabinet of natural curiosities. Not really witchy but bits-y.
On my adventure to the museum I kind of sort of maybes spent a little more over my budget and bought myself my treasure for my cabinet a fossilized Megaladon tooth.
Please meet Bruce… yup I named him. (Totally 100% after Bruce from Finding Nemo)
Lots of bones, coral, shells, and bottles (so many bottles!). Not sure if this is kind of the vibe you were looking for, but perhaps it helps spark a bit of inspiration for you!
As for recommendations, this may not be too helpful haha but I would say the best things to add to the collection are the things that call to you. It is your collection, so trust your heart- the most beloved pieces and the most worthy things to add are the ones that, when you see them, make you feel oh yes, you’re coming home with me
I’m sure whatever you add will help your collection continue to grow- and you’re so right! This is your year, so spend your hard-earned money on treating yourself
And as your beautiful collection grows, please share pictures! You already have some amazing pieces and I am so excited to watch and cheer it on as it continues to develop
I use to have sea shell rocks there these rocks that are only found in the mountains between Alberta canada and British Columbia Canada and they actually have sea shell patterns natrally engraved into them
I am enjoying these pictures. The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD (USA) has some curio cabinets.
How about things you run across, e.g.
A fairy cross (staurolite)
Teeth? Like sharks teeth
Discarded snake skin
a jade or nephrite netsuke figure (or similar)
Exoskeleton of a cicada
Something made with antler or horn
An old nail or railroad spike
A vintage bottle turned color in the sun
Found butterfly or moth wings
A bit of a bee hive or abandoned wasp nest
An hour glass
A pocket watch
An egg shell from a wild bird
A magnifying glass
Dried seaweed was very collectible in the 18th-19th centuries
I think your curio will be a life long collection. It will just take time to build
I was thinking about one of those giant pokey seeds, I don’t know what they are called lol! devils something???
I agree with @TheTravelWitch_Bry that your items will be things that call to you and you will know when you see them
I like the idea of a curio. Sounds fun and rewarding.
As for the big shells in the back they are an abalone shell and a paua shell.
Those photos of the cabinets are stunning. I have cabinet envy But some really good inspriation. Bones I knid of sort of maybe may have ordered a fox skull form an antiques store in Melbourne. He’s 150 ish years old. I’ve decided to name him Gideon.
@mary25 OMG OMG OMG that list is amazing! I have had so much inspiration! Thank you so much.
@Sarall Thank you so much for the idea! I am loving everything about it.
The Devils Purse is so cool! I found a devils claw but none are the giant thorn pod I’m thinking about!
I guess I should have saved it when I found it years ago, it was around Oklahoma or Texas I think. I wish I could remember exactly where I saw it! This is exactly why a curio is such a great idea, so you have a place to save cool things that you find.
The Witches Burr looks really cool, @Sarall- it kind of reminds me of the funky-looking shells that chestnuts grow in. Definitely neat things to add to a collection of curiosities!
Hmmm, a curious mystery! I’m sure the name will come back to you (probably when you least expect it, the mind works in funny ways haha). When it does, please feel free to share- I’m interested as to what it could be!