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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Curiosity Cabinet and a Gallery Wall

vintage silver, curiosities, starfish, pewter, handmade cabinet

I love old curiosities...don't you?  I'm not talking about freaky, weird things like they made the TV show about.  I mean everyday things, old books, old coins, starfish, rocks...things like that.

Years ago, my husband built this cabinet for me using an old window.  I love, love, love it.  It's simple but has always been one of my favorite pieces of furniture.

starfish, seashells, rocks

I began filling it with old books and I liked the way it looked.  They seemed to be meant for each other.  As time went one, I added other "old" pieces.  Tarnished silver.  An old brass ship.  Pewter goblets.  And I just kept filling.

The vase hold river rocks and river glass.  (I'm from the foothills of the Smokies and I love river rocks. 
These all came from the Little River in Townsend, Tennessee.)

The rock piece with a hole was found in the creek bed at the back of our property.
I believe it is part of an Indian artifact.  The other rocks have shell fossils.

It even spills out on to the top.  Old bottles found at my grandfather's farm.  Foreign coins.  Pennies flattened on the railroad tracks.  An old globe, minus the stand.

I left you hanging a while back when I posted about my gallery wall of vintage maps.  This is the wall above the cabinet of curiosities. You can see that post here.  I had most of the wall done except for the upper left corner.  I needed something for that spot.  Well, I did finish that wall finally.  I found the right size frame, painted it black, and added a vintage map of the State of Tennessee.  I think it fit perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by today and God bless!

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  1. Love the way and things you collect. We have similar taste. I have the twin to your brass ship bookend!

    1. Thanks Teddee Grace! It's funny that you have the match to my ship. I bought mine at the Nashville Flea Market y-e-a-r-s ago. Love old tarnished things :)
      God bless and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  2. It's just beautiful !!!
    I love that your husband built it from a window - looks like a gorgeous old antique !

  3. I love your cabinet! I'm a huge fan of windows and the fact your hubby used an old window is just perfect in my book. I'm so glad you linked up with Twirl and Take a Bow! Join us again next Tuesday! ~Tammy

  4. Love the cabinet!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!

    Emily & Erin @


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