Our catalogue > Cabinet of Curosities

We don’t sell objects so much as stories with an object attached. So here are some of the more unusual, quirky objects that we have with interesting stories.

Each item is for sale unless marked ‘Reserved’.

Each piece has been sourced from within the UK, often from old, colonial-era collections.

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5631

Fine Central Asian Moulded Gourd Container with Silver Mounts for Snuff Tobacco

Turkestan, Central Asia
19th century

length: 19.5cm, weight: 98g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

5471

Gilded Silver Mounted Pectoral Reliquary Cross with Carved Steatite (Enkolpia)

Mount Athos, Macedonian Greece
15th century

total length of chain (circumference as worn): 72cm, length of cross (without coin): 7.3cm, thickness of cross: 1.1cm, weight: 97g

Provenance

UK art market

3466

English Tavern or Publican House Willow Nine-Pin Skittles Set

West Country, England
18th-19th century

heights (approx.) 30cm each, and 40cm for the king pin

Provenance

UK private collection

1988

Ceremonial Fijian Wooden Four-Tined ‘Cannibal’ Fork

Fiji
early 19th century

length: 24.6cm

Provenance

private collection, Guernsey.

993

Brass Syrian or Balkans Crusader-style Charger

Syria or Balkans
circa 14th-15th century

diameter: 41.5cm

Provenance

private collection, London.

848

Rare, Finely Carved Coconut Money Box with Silver Mounts (Alcancia)

Spanish Colonial Guatemala
18th century

height: 18cm, length: 19cm, weight: 437g

Provenance

European antiques market.

4676

Rare, Brass Toad-Shaped Flask

Tibet
circa 18th century

height (with stopper): 37cm

Provenance

UK art market

3594

Rare, Unusually Large Tridacna Clam Shell Kris Hilt

Malay People, Terengganu, Malaysia
19th century

height (without stand): 11cm, width: 11cm, weight: 302g, height with stand: 17cm

Provenance

private collection, UK.

2896

Rare & Unusual Ostrich Egg & Walrus Tusk Indian Tea Caddy with Silver Mounts

Kutch, India
circa 1880

height: 25cm, weight: 785g

Provenance

UK art market

4658

Finely Carved South Indian Nut with Silver Mounts

South India, probably Madras
circa 1800

length: 10.2cm, weight: 108g

Provenance

UK art market

4366

Twenty Indian Hindu Temple Bronze Body Stamps (Chhapa)

Orissa & Bengal, India
18th & 19th centuries

length of the longest: 11.2cm, diameter of largest: 8cm

Provenance

UK art market

4032

Carved Coco-de-Mer Sufi Mendicant’s ‘Begging’ Bowl (Kashkul)

Northern India or Iran (Persia)
18th century

length: 28cm, width: 13cm, height: 10.5cm

Provenance

UK art market.

3933

Dayak Man’s Ear Ornament (Sabau) of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)

Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
19th-early 20th century

height: 4.6cm, length: 10cm, width: 4.2cm, weight: 26.36g

Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.

2613

Rare South Indian Shiva-Parvati Double Rudraksha Necklace with Ruby-Inset Gold Mounts

South India
18th-19th century

width of pendant: 5.3cm, height of pendant: 7cm, length of necklace: 31cm, weight: 75g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

5089

Rare Coco-de-Mer Ewer

Northern India
Circa 17th century

height: 45cm, width: 25cm, thickness: 18cm, weight: 3,070g

Provenance

UK art market

4177

Silver Shivalingam set with a Single, Massive 189-carat Emerald Lingam

India
19th century

overall height: 7.5cm, length: 7.3cm, width: 4.8cm, combined weight: 125g, height of emerald: 3.4cm, weight of emerald: 188.88carats

Provenance

private English collection.

1390

Exceptionally Rare Colonial Crocodile Ivory Snuff Container in the form of a Mestiza Woman, with Silver Mounts

Portuguese Goa, India
late 17th century

height: 9cm, weight: 40g

Provenance

UK art market

4313

Eshu Dance Wrist Pendant

Yoruba People, Southern Egbado, Nigeria
19th century

height: 10.2cm

Provenance

private collection, London.

5486

Fine Pende Chief’s Hippopotamus Ivory Amulet Pendant (Gikhokho)

Pende People, Congo
early 19th century

length: 6cm, width: 4cm

Provenance

private collection, London; and acquired by the previous owner in London in the 1960s.

3285

Tibetan Gold & Turquoise Official’s Pendant (Sochi)

Lhasa, Tibet
19th century

length: 11.2cm, weight: 11g

Provenance

private collection, London.

4274

Woman’s Iron Pubic Cover (Cache Sexe)

Kirdi and Matakam People, North Cameroon
19th-early 20th century

length: 37.5cm

Provenance

private collection, UK

4268

Woman’s Wooden Lip Plate

Kichepo People, Sudan, & Surma People, Sudan/Ethiopia
19th-early 20th century

width: 13.5cm, length: 9.4cm, thickness: 1.6cm

Provenance

private London collection.