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

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6797

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    Paduang or Kayan Lahwi (Long-Necked) Woman’s Brass Neck Rings & Anklets

    Paduang or Kayan Lahwi People, Shan States, Eastern Burma
    19th-early 20th century

    height (of the longest neck ring): 13.2cm, width (of the wiodest neck ring): 18.3cm, width (of the arm rings): approximately 9cm, combined weight: 4,437g

    Provenance

    Private collection, UK; collected during colonial times.

    6812

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      Rare Pair of Large, Igbo Woman’s Brass Anklets (Ogba)

      Igbo People, Nigeria
      19th century

      diameter: approximately 34.5cm, height: 11.9cm, combined weight: 2,990g (1,498g and 1,492g)

      Provenance

      private collection, Channel Islands, UK.

      6541

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        Spectacular & Large Pair of Mongolian Silver Ear Ornaments or Temporals with Green Malachite & Coral

        Khalkha People, Mongolia
        19th-early 20th century

        length: 32cm, combined weight: 312g

        Provenance

        private collection, Netherlands.

        6700

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          Tibetan Rosary of Human Bone Beads (Mi Mgo’i Phreng Ba)

          Tibet
          19th century

          length: approximately 54cm, weight: 96g

          Provenance

          private collection, London, UK.

          6521

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            Andaman Islands Man’s Dance Regalia

            Andaman Islands, possibly from the Jarawa Tribe, South Andaman
            circa 1900

            indicative length of headdress (band & tassels): 49cm

            Provenance

            private collection, London. UK; previously, Charles Wilfred Hext (b.1880-1919)

            4115

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              Exceptional Collection of 18 Aztec Black-Clay, Tubular, Ear Plugs or Spools

              Aztec Civilisation, Capilco, Mexico
              14th-15th century

              diameter: 2.1cm (smallest), 3.1cm (biggest)

              Provenance

              UK art market, prior to that Madrid, Spain from before 1974

              6523

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                Mongo Woven Woman’s Buttock Shield

                Mongo People, Congo
                early 20th century

                length: approximately 98cm, width of pompom: 12cm, weight: 292g

                Provenance

                private collection, London, UK.

                5969

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                  Burmese Bronze Rice-Noodle Maker

                  Burma
                  19th century

                  height: 15.4cm, width: 22.5cm, depth: 11.4cm, weight: 2,410g

                  Provenance

                  European art market

                  5928

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                    Unusually Tall Ottoman Woman’s Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Wooden Stilted Clogs (Qabqab)

                    Ottoman Turkey
                    19th or early 20th century

                    height to top of toe strap: 30cm, lengths: 22.8cm, widths: 18cm

                    Provenance

                    UK art market

                    6386

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                      Burmese Royal Silk Achiek Cloth Sutra Cover

                      Burma (Myanmar)
                      19th century

                      70cm x 78cm

                      5920

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                        Torzhok Gold Embroidered Goatskin Boots

                        Torzhok, Tver Gubernia, Russia
                        first half of the 19th century

                        heights: 39cm, lengths: 26.5cm

                        Provenance

                        UK art market

                        6132

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                          Ceremonial Dayak Beaded Hat with Pig Tusks

                          Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                          20th century

                          length: 29cm, width: 23cm, height: 9.5cm

                          Provenance

                          UK art market

                          6123

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                            Important Indo-Portuguese Goa Seychelles Nut Vessel with Silver Mounts

                            Goa, India
                            circa 1750

                            height: 28.3cm, length: 32cm, width: 13.7cm, weight: 1.295g

                            Provenance

                            UK art market

                            6144

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                              Colonial Spanish Powder Flask (Yesquero)

                              Colonial Spanish, Argentina
                              19th century

                              length: 7cm (not taking into account the curve), weight: 27.59g

                              Provenance

                              UK art market

                              5710

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                                Dutch Colonial Surinamese Escaped African Slave (Maroons or Bushinengues) Wooden Stool

                                Maroon or Bushinengue People, Suriname, South America
                                19th-early 20th century

                                length: 40cm, height: 29cm, width: 23cm

                                Provenance

                                private collection, London.

                                5471

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                                  Gilded-Silver Mounted, Double-Sided, 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, width of cross: 4.5cm, thickness of cross: 1.1cm, weight: 97g

                                  Provenance

                                  UK art market

                                  3466

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                                    English Tavern or Publican House Willow Nine-Pin Skittles Set

                                    West Country, England
                                    19th century

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

                                    Provenance

                                    UK private collection

                                    848

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                                      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

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                                        Rare, Brass Toad-Shaped Flask

                                        Tibet
                                        circa 18th century

                                        height (with stopper): 37cm

                                        Provenance

                                        UK art market

                                        2896

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                                          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

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                                            Finely Carved South Indian Nut with Silver Mounts

                                            South India, probably Madras
                                            circa 1800

                                            length: 10.2cm, weight: 108g

                                            Provenance

                                            UK art market

                                            3933

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                                              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.

                                              5089

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                                                Rare Indian Coco-de-Mer Ewer

                                                Northern India
                                                Circa 17th century

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

                                                Provenance

                                                UK art market

                                                4313

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                                                  Eshu Dance Wrist Pendant

                                                  Yoruba People, Southern Egbado, Nigeria
                                                  19th century

                                                  height: 10.2cm

                                                  Provenance

                                                  private collection, London.

                                                  3285

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                                                    Tibetan Gold & Turquoise Official’s Pendant (Sochi)

                                                    Lhasa, Tibet
                                                    19th century

                                                    length: 11.2cm, weight: 11g

                                                    Provenance

                                                    private collection, London.

                                                    4274

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                                                      Woman’s Iron Pubic Cover (Cache Sexe)

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

                                                      length: 37.5cm

                                                      Provenance

                                                      private collection, UK