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Collectibles and Curiosities For Sale
18th Century Italian Carved Painted Wood Reliquary Altar Figure Bust Pair
Located in Forney, TX
A remarkable pair of scarce large Italian Baroque period carved and painted wood church altar reliquary busts. Born in Italy in the 18th century / possibly late 17th century, figura...
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18th Century Italian Baroque Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Blown Glass, Wood

Designed for Life The World’s Best Product Designers
Located in New York City, NY
A global survey of 100 of the most creative and innovative product designers working today Designed For Life showcases 100 of the most exciting designers around the world and, throu...
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2010s Chinese Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Civil War-Era Side Drum, Made by George Kilbourn, 1859
Located in Colorado Springs, CO
Presented is an original Civil War-era side drum with a pair of wooden drumsticks. This is a rope tension drum with a wooden body, ropes, and leather tabs. An iron tack pattern surro...
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1850s American American Classical Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Iron

Original Antique Map of Switzerland, Arrowsmith, 1820
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great map of Switzerland Drawn under the direction of Arrowsmith Copper-plate engraving Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, ...
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1820s English Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Miniature Travelling Chess Set Game handmade & Pokerwork Board / Box, Circa 1900
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a high quality handmade Miniature or travelling wood chess set game of 32 pieces in its own lidded pokerwork decorated box, which we date to the English Edwardian period, circa 1900. This piece is all handmade. The chess set is complete with 32 wood chess pieces. The box is also handmade of wood, opening up to make a pokerwork chess board with further pokerwork design to the sides. All the pieces are hand carved, probably from boxwood with the black ones stained . The box has metal hinges and a brass fastener to keep the lid securely closed, with the pieces inside. Overall a quality antique handmade, complete, travelling chess set...
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Late 19th Century British Edwardian Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Brass

Old Charles Model Aeroplane Transparent Spad Plane Type
Located in Paris, FR
Model Old Charles aeroplane transparent spad plane type, Small-scale model of Guynemers plane, handmade with wood, cotton sheet and aluminium leaf.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Collectibles and Curiosities

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Aluminum

Ship's Brass Porthole Coffee or Side Table by Deborah Lockhart Phillips
Located in Nantucket, MA
Solid brass working nautical porthole window from a decommissioned ship with great patina. This has been polished, the rivets put back in and the table base designed by Deborah Lockh...
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Mid-20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Brass

S.T. Dupont Briquet De Poche LD Plaque Gas Cigarette Lighter With Original Box
Located in High Wycombe, GB
S.T. Dupont Briquet De Poche LD Plaque Gas Cigarette Lighter With Original Box and Papers Stamped 100NL95 No 2294 Made in Paris, France Purchase receipt shoes 4/2/1995 Goldsmith...
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20th Century French Art Deco Collectibles and Curiosities

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Gold Plate, Steel

18th century GERMAN POWDER CONTAINER IN BONE , CIRCULAR CARVINGS OF BAKANAKES
Located in Valladolid, ES
We want to present a beautiful recently arrived powder container that has left us speechless due to its particularity, it is O-shaped. Dating from around the 19th century and coming...
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1790s German Baroque Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Brass

Arshile Gorky A Retrospective by Michael R Taylor, 1st Ed Exhib. Catalog
Located in valatie, NY
Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective by Professor Michael Taylor and Kim Theriault. Yale University Press, Published 2009. 1st Ed Hardcover with dust jacket exhibition catalog for show at ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Dreams Through the Glass Windows from Bergdorf Goodman by Linda Fargo, 1st Ed
Located in valatie, NY
Dreams Through the Glass: Windows from Bergdorf Goodman by Linda Fargo. Assouline, NY, 2003. 1st Ed hardcover with dust jacket. Each window is a fantastic tableau, a narrative, a piece of theater inviting the viewer into rich imaginary worlds of fashion and surrealistic luxury. Window design is a vanishing metier, but it remains an enduring art form providing rare views through the glass into fantastic realms of dreams and fantasy. In these pages, Linda Fargo, the renowned window artist for Bergdorf Goodman, opens up her portfolio of magical tableaux created especially for this crown jewel of the retail world. Her palette is wonderfully rich and eclectic, juxtaposing relics of the past and the present, symbols of art and literature, western culture and exotic lands, moving easily between the marvelous and the everyday. These windows continue to astonish and delight all who flock to them for the traditional annual Christmas displays...
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Early 2000s American Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

18th Century, Spanish Colonial Religious Painting of San Geronimo
Located in San Francisco, CA
18th century painting of San Geronimo, oil on canvas laid on wood board. It was later placed in a restored 19th century wood and gesso frame. There is no signature.
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18th Century Unknown Spanish Colonial Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Canvas

Sotheby's Chateau de Cornillon, Loire, France, October 2006
Located in valatie, NY
Sotheby's Chateau de Cornillon, Loire, France: Important Gothic and Renaissance Furniture, Works of Art & Textiles. London: Sotheby's, 2006. Softcover. 126 pp. Château de Cornillon i...
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Late 20th Century English Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

My Favorite Things by Dorothy Rodgers, First Edition
By Dorothy Rodgers
Located in valatie, NY
My Favourite Things by Dorothy Rodgers, a personal guide to decorating and entertaining. New York: Atheneum Publishers, 1964. Stated first edition hardcover with dust jacket. 282 pp....
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20th Century American Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Hidden History of the Kovno Ghetto
Located in valatie, NY
Hidden History of the Kovno Ghetto. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1998. Second printing hardcover with dust jacket. 255 pp. An important book published by the United States Ho...
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20th Century American Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Original Antique Print, Portrait of Lord Nelson, circa 1850
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of Lord Nelson Fine steel engraving by H.Robinson After J.Hoppner Published circa 1850 Unframed.
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1850s English Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Collection of Evelyn Annenberg Hall, 640 Park Ave Christie's, NY, 2006, 1st Ed
Located in valatie, NY
Collection of Evelyn Annenberg Hall from 640 Park Ave: Christie's, New York, 17 May, 2006. Louis XIV, XV and XVI Furniture, Chinese Porcelains, 18th & 19th c bronzes, antique rugs an...
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Early 2000s American Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Sotheby's, Collection Klaus Otto Preis, Paris, 11/9/05
Located in valatie, NY
Sotheby's: Collection Klaus Otto Preis Paris 11/9/05 sale 5022. Softcover auction catalogue of 264 lots. He worked for Nina Ricci, Italian-born French fashion designer. Sale of paint...
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Early 2000s French Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Vintage NY Hotel and Restaurant Matchbooks from the 1950s-1980s
Located in Austin, TX
In the spirit of Will Rogers, 'Buy matchbooks, because they're not making anymore!' This would make an unexpected and nostalgic gift for the lover of Old New York who already has everything. This collection of 70 vintage matchbooks...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper, Parchment Paper

T. Y. Chao Private & Family Trust Collections of Important Chinese Ceramic, Rare
Located in valatie, NY
Sotheby's: The T. Y. Chao Private and Family Trust Collections of Important Chinese Ceramics and Jade Carvings: Part 1, Hong Kong October 1986. Rare First Edition hardcover with dust...
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1980s Hong Kong Vintage Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Large Statue of Saint Hand Carved in Wood
Located in Houston, TX
Large statue of saint hand carved in wood during the late 17th century, or early 18th century. Some restoration. Sculpture portrays a saint and originall...
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Late 17th Century Italian Baroque Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wood

Hermès Playing Cards / Cards Game in the Original Box, Vintage, 1970s
Located in Beuzevillette, FR
Hermès playing cards in the original box. vintage. Made in France. Both sets are complete and feature gold edges on both decks of cards. A deck of green cards and a deck of orange cards. elegant card back design. Box containing two decks of cards, the backs of these have a decoration of gold-colored horse bits forming circles on a red or green background, gilded edges. Hermes orange box...
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Late 20th Century French Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton by J T Herbert Baily, 1st Ed
Located in valatie, NY
The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton by J T Herbert Baily. Published by Menzies London, 1905. 1st Ed hardcover no dust jacket as published. 137 untrimmed pages with all 23 portraits of Lady Hamilton each with a tissue guard. Dame Emma Hamilton...
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Early 1900s English Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Antique Victor Victrola Ebonized & Gilt Phonograph Horn Circa 1910
Located in Big Flats, NY
Antique Victor Victrola Ebonized & Gilt Metal Phonograph Horn Circa 1910 Measures- 18.5''H x 18.5''W x 18.5''D
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Early 20th Century American Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

"The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" Book by William L. Shirer
By William L. Shirer
Located in valatie, NY
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960. First edition BCE hardcover with ...
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20th Century American Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Italy 1939s Sketch Futurist Poster "Day of Two Crosses" Against Tuberculosis
Located in Milan, IT
Sketch of the futurist poster "Day of two crosses, 16th April 1939, XVII", mixed technique of pastel and water-color, for an Italian campaign against tuberculosis, to inform people a...
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1930s Italian Futurist Vintage Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Christie's: West East The Niall Hobhouse Collection, 2008, Anglo Indian
Located in valatie, NY
Christie's: West East The Niall Hobhouse Collection, 2008, Anglo Indian Collection. A fascinating selection of exquisite treasures from both the Western and Oriental worlds reveal Ni...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Knoll Associates 1947/1948 Catalog
Located in New York, NY
Knoll Associates 1947/1948 catalog in portfolio form, comprising 40 pages on 32 loose plates (2 double-sided fold-outs) in printed wrappers on card stock, with typography and layout ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Svenskt Tenn, Strandvagen 5, Stockholm: samtliga möbler och textiler
Located in New York, NY
Svenskt Tenn catalog featuring the furniture, lighting, and botanical-print textile and wallpaper designs of in-house architect/designer Josef Frank. Published in the early 1950’s, t...
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Machine Age Art Deco Doctors or Bathroom Floor Model Scale Weigh Master by Hanso
Located in New York, NY
Great Machine Age, American Art Deco floor scale, Weigh Master by Hanson. The scale is fully functional, it shows cosmetic wear to the paint finish, and th...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

Homes and Gardens in Old Virginia
Located in valatie, NY
Homes and Gardens in Old Virginia. Richmond: Garrett and Massie, Incorporated, 1932. 2nd Ed hardcover with no dust jacket. 367 pp. The 1st edition was a g...
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20th Century American Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

The Wandering Jew by Eugene Sue Complete Edition with Illustrations
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a rare first edition hardback copy of The Wandering Jew by Eugene Sue, Complete Edition IN ONE VOLUME with Illustrations by GAVARNI and GIRARDET, published by George Routl...
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Late 19th Century English Late Victorian Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Fine 19th Century French Neo-Gothic Gilt Metal Cathedral Church Reliquary Pair
Located in Forney, TX
A stunning pair of very fine quality French Neo-Gothic gilt metal church reliquaries. circa 1860s Most impressive objets d’art, born in France in the second half of the 19th century, most likely Parisian gilded bronze and brass ormolu work, exceptionally executed sculptural form, the exquisitely detailed architectural cathedral shaped case having a removable pointed steeple roof with cross finial, opening to relic display case surrounded on all sides by original glazed glass panes, stepped base, rising on disc feet. Signed, stamped by maker / bronzier "BC" (unknown) model "5096" and other faint marks to lid interiors. Additional photos available upon request Dimensions: (approx) 14.75" High, 6.75" Wide, 6.75" Deep; 13.25 lbs total History: A reliquary (also referred to as a shrine, by the French term châsse or monstrance) is a container for important religious relics. The earliest reliquaries were essentially boxes, either simply box-shaped or based on an architectural design, taking the form of a model of a church with a pitched roof. These latter are known by the French term chasse, and typical examples from the 12th to 14th century have wooden frameworks with gilt-copper plaques nailed on, decorated in champlevé enamel. Limoges was the largest production centre; NB the English usage differs from that of the French châsse, which denotes large size rather than shape. Relics of the True Cross became very popular from the 9th century onward and were housed in magnificent gold and silver cross-shaped reliquaries decorated with enamels and precious stones. From about the end of the 10th century, reliquaries in the shape of the relics they housed also became popular; hence, for instance, the skull of Pope Alexander I was housed in a head-shaped reliquary. Similarly, the bones of saints were often housed in reliquaries that recalled the shape of the original body part, such as an arm or a foot. A philatory is a transparent reliquary designed to contain and exhibit the bones and relics of saints. This style of reliquary has a viewing portal to view the relic inside. The feretrum was a medieval form of reliquary or shrine containing the sacred effigies and relics of a saint. During the later Middle Ages, the monstrance form, primarily used for consecrated hosts, was sometimes used for reliquaries. These housed the relic in a rock crystal, or glass capsule mounted on a column above a base, enabling the relic to be displayed to the faithful. Reliquaries in the form of large pieces of metalwork jewellery also appeared around this time, housing tiny relics such as pieces of the Holy Thorn, notably the Holy Thorn Reliquary now in the British Museum. Condition: Superb museum quality examples, in excellent original unrestored antique condition with beautifully aged patina. Wear consistent with age and use. Heavily patinated - scattered oxidation. Overall wonderful examples. Typically reliquaries were not sold in pairs, so to find a matching pair such as this is exceptionally rare. Worldwide shipping available Local pickup available near Dallas, Texas Additional: We here at Lynx Hollow Antiques love religious antiques, from Christian tabernacles, Catholic altarpiece, life-size Buddhist temple sculptures, Hindu votive offerings, 16th century Islamic mosque architectural salvaged windows...
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Mid-19th Century French Gothic Revival Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Brass, Bronze

1970s White and Blue Chess Set in Volterra Alabaster Handmade
Located in Milano, IT
1970s Elegant white and blue chess set in Volterra alabaster handmade. Made in Italy, the items are in excellent condition. This chess set is gorgeous. So rare to find in these color...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Collectibles and Curiosities

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Alabaster

John Hardy Jokey Y2K New Millennium Silver Overlay Flashlight
Located in New York, NY
Jokey Y2K flashlight. Traditional flashlight encased in heavy silver weave. At end is applied medallion with the year 2000 encircled by the phrase “Light Your Way into the New Millen...
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Late 20th Century United States Minor Outlying Islands Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

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Silver

"Man of Mercury" Bracelet by Bjorn Weckstrom for Lapponia
Located in Toledo, OH
This bracelet is part of the space silver series by Bjorn Weckstrom for Lapponia. This design was called the "Man from Mercury". This Scandinavian modern cuff bracelet is marked 925 ...
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1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Collectibles and Curiosities

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Sterling Silver

Renaissance Mapping of Sumatra: Featuring Singapore in Münster’s Woodcut, c.1590
Located in Langweer, NL
Description: Antique map titled 'Sumatra ein grosse Insel / so von den alten Geographen Taprobana genennt worden'. Beautiful map of Sumatra and the southern part of Malaysia, with Si...
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16th Century Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

John Muir Editor, Picturesque California, The Rocky Mountains & Pacific Slope
Located in San Francisco, CA
A first edition 10 volume folio set of Picturesque California and the Region West of the Rocky Mountains edited by John Muir, the famous American author and naturalist printed in 188...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

The House and Garden Book of Classic Rooms, First Edition
Located in valatie, NY
The House and Garden Book of Classic Rooms by Robert Harling, Leonie Highton, and John Bridges. Vendome Press, NY, 1990. First Edition hardcov...
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20th Century American Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Blushing Marotte, England circa 1890
Located in Culver City, CA
Blushing Marotte England circa 1890 Hand painted paper mache marotte head. 6”w x 8”d x 14”h
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19th Century English Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Marotte in Green, France circa 1890
Located in Culver City, CA
Marotte in Green France circa 1890 Hand painted paper mache marotte head. 7.5”w x 8”d x 17”h
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19th Century French Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Jewelry By Architects
Located in New York, NY
First American edition monograph on jewelry designed by a who's who of Postmodern architects from the collection of design impresario Cleto Munari, who commissioned the pieces featur...
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Marotte in Blue, France circa 1890
Located in Culver City, CA
Marotte in Blue Hand painted paper mache marotte head. France circa 1890 7”w x 8”d x 15”h
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19th Century French Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Collection of (3) American Eskimo Children's Toys Two of Which are Identified
Located in Chicago, IL
Collection of (3) Native American Eskimo Toys. The kayaker in the middle is signed, "Andre Boucher", who was flat-plane woodcarver – trained at Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec. He was k...
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1940s American Folk Art Vintage Collectibles and Curiosities

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Fur, Hide, Cotton, Wood

Danese Milano 1957-1971: Produzione
Located in New York, NY
Manufacturer’s catalog for Danese Milano showcasing the production work (produzione) from the years 1957-1971. Co-founded by Bruno Danese in 1957, the eponymous company quickly becam...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Matilde Poulat (d.1960) Gem-set Sterling Mirror
Located in Austin, TX
Prepare to be mesmerized in the dance of light on sterling and gems in this Matilde Poulat Gem-set Sterling Mirror. With plenty of artistry to devour, you'll get lost as you gaze int...
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Mid-20th Century Collectibles and Curiosities

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Sterling Silver

Birch box with associated chess pieces in Karl-Johan (Swedish Empire)
Located in Knivsta, SE
Beautiful Birch box with associated chess pieces in Karl-Johan (Swedish Empire), 1830s. Provenance: Noble family Ankarcrona. Complete with all chess pieces. Minor damage to the pa...
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1830s Swedish Karl Johan Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Birch

Taxidermy Great White Pelican on natural base-Pelecanus onocrotalus-Cites NL
Located in Leuven , BE
This beak and feet of this mount have a wonderful patina and feathers have been cleaned. Pelicans are large water birds characterized by a long beak and a large throat pouch used fo...
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Mid-20th Century Cameroonian Collectibles and Curiosities

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Organic Material

Fabergé-Style Gold, Diamond, and Rock Crystal Model of Strawberries
By Peter Carl Fabergé
Located in London, GB
Fabergé-style gold, diamond, and rock crystal model of strawberries Continental, 20th Century Height 13cm, width 6cm, depth 4cm This exquisite Fabergé-style model depicts a bloomi...
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20th Century European Collectibles and Curiosities

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Opal, Gold

Russian Icon depicting Mother of God 'Tikhvinskaia', Mid-19th Century
Located in NICE, FR
This beautiful orthodox icon from the mid-19th century in Russia depicts the Mother of God Tikhvinskaia. It originates from the town of Kineshma, 335 kilometres northeast of Moscow. ...
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Mid-19th Century Russian Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wood

Japanese Meiji Period Komai Inlaid-Iron Pagoda Model
Located in London, GB
Japanese Meiji period Komai inlaid-iron pagoda model Japanese, Late 19th Century Temple: Height 33cm, width 15cm, depth 15cm Base: Height 2 cm, width 13.5cm, depth 13.5cm Together: ...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Meiji Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Gold, Iron

Unusual 19th Century Antler horn / oak German Valet, box . Weidmanns Heil
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual 19th Century Antler horn / oak German Valet, box with drawer, Center badge reads Weidmanns Heil.. Would make a wonderful dresser piece,, jewelry. trinket box,, Retains orig...
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Late 19th Century German Adirondack Antique Collectibles and Curiosities

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Horn, Oak

In Stock in Los Angeles, Light Blue Rabbit Mini Portable Charger
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Rabbit mini power bank battery charger In stock in Los Angeles Power bank. You can carry Rabbit MINI in your bag as an external battery for your smartphone or any other device. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

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Plastic

Streamline Arcade Machine Gun
By Keeney Arcade Co. 1
Located in Peekskill, NY
I grew up in Brooklyns Coney Island so these early arcade items really bring back memories. This is one of the rare 1939 Keeney Arcade Anti-Aircraft Machine Guns… very high style Dec...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Collectibles and Curiosities

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Aluminum

1980s Original Gorgeous Playing Cards Box by Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
1980s Original gorgeous playing cards box by Piero Fornasetti in walnut wood . It's in excellent condition and includes two packs of Dal Negro cards. The box is signed on the botto...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wood, Walnut

One of a kind, Dutch royal carriage, restored and ready to use
Located in Worthing, GB
Introducing the epitome of regal elegance and opulence, behold the majestic royal carriage. This exquisite masterpiece of craftsmanship and design stands as a symbol of prestige and ...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Baroque Collectibles and Curiosities

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Bronze

1930's Simplex cinema projector by International Projector Corp of New York
Located in London, GB
A 35 mm Simplex cinema projector by International Projector Corp of New York. Circa 1935. Fitted with a Strong portable reflector arc lamp light box by The Strong Electric Corp of T...
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

DC-3 Dakota Aircraft Reduced Model Scale, Model 1936
Located in Paris, FR
DC-3, Dakota aircraft reduced model scale model. Handcrafted in aluminium foil, with engraved metal rivets, 1936. .
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21st Century and Contemporary British Collectibles and Curiosities

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Aluminum

Antique and Vintage Collectibles and Curiosities for Sale

Antique and vintage collectibles and curiosities can bring whimsy and wonder to any interior. 

Decorating with old scientific instruments, historical memorabilia and vintage musical instruments, as well as other authentic collectibles and curiosities that can be found on 1stDibs, presents an opportunity to create a unique, natural history museum-like atmosphere in your home that can provoke conversation as often as it pays tribute to how far we’ve come in understanding our world. 

And bringing collectibles and curiosities into your space is actually on trend — Wunderkammern, or curiosity cabinets, were all the rage in Europe during the 1500s and continued to have adherents there and in the U.S. in the following centuries. Today, however, they’re experiencing a real surge in popularity and influencing how many interior designers are furnishing and decorating homes — combining contemporary with antique, scientific with tribal, earthly with extraterrestrial, Les Lalanne tables with Flemish tapestries.

The original Wunderkammern were entire rooms filled with objects demonstrating their owners’ worldly knowledge: A proper one included artificiala or preciosa (objets d’art); naturalia (such as skeletons, shells, minerals); exotica (taxidermy or dried plants); and scientifica (scientific instruments), frequently alongside religious relics and ancient artifacts.

Pay tribute to a history of rich and diverse musical traditions that have taken shape all over the world by decorating your home with a collection of antique and vintage musical instruments — with a little help from strong hanging wire or some wall hooks, vintage brass instruments such as a gong, French horn or trumpet can help elevate a home office or complement the efforts you’ve made to ensure a welcoming vibe in your home’s entryway. Bells or antique wind instruments can add provocative metallic contrasts to dark woods as tabletop decorative objects.  

Create an intriguing focal point with Georgian scientific instruments, such as stick barometers with mahogany cases or lacquered brass telescopes. These items stem from an era named for the monarchies of the four King Georges, who ruled England in succession starting in 1714 (plus King William’s reign, which lasted until 1837). Just as there was beautiful jewelry produced during the period that today is coveted by collectors, there is much to be found in the collectibles and curiosities realm too.

Wanderlust, nostalgia and a shared love of good design are contributing factors to certain trends in decorating — just as vintage trunks and luggage have reappeared as furniture or home accents in a bedroom or foyer, decorating with globes, maps or nautical objects is similarly rooted in the allure of travel and a penchant for the stylish finishing touch that collectibles bring to our homes.

Find a wide range of antique and vintage collectibles and curiosities on 1stDibs.

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