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Caroline came by steamship with a purse of coins, a modest trunk of dresses, her two favorite books, and an address. She'd been sent to retrieve her brother, who had left a few years earlier to seek his fortune in the new world. Her well-moneyed parents assumed their son would eventually abandon his fanciful, somewhat embarrassing aspirations, and return and assume his place in society. This, however, had not occurred within what they considered was an appropriate interval of time. Firmly-worded letters were exchanged, but the son proved somewhat resistant. Thus it was put upon Caroline to persuade her brother to return. Always the dutiful daughter, she did what her parents asked, even if it meant crossing an ocean alone, though she could not bring herself to anticipate success. And she did not look forward to her parents' displeasure.

The ship captain, curious at the taciturn, lonely-looking young woman traveling by herself, inquired as to her itinerary upon reaching land. She explained the task she had been given, hopeless as she thought it was, and the steely-eyed captain looked down at her thoughtfully. "Doubtless you know your own brother best, so if you say you do not expect him to return, I suppose you will not be wrong. But I do wonder, my dear," he said, stroking his iron grey beard, "if you will not find that your perspective on this changes. Distance has a way of opening the eyes."

Arriving at her brother's home, she found him there doing sums with his business partner, a young man with dark hair, kind eyes, and a warm countenance. Her brother, happy to see his dear baby sister after so long, introduced the two, and as the young man took Caroline's hand in his and smiled, she suddenly had the peculiar feeling that something in her universe had just... shifted.

She never did make the return trip home.

Shelf One
• large starfish
• two quartz points
• deer vertebrae containing pheasant feathers
• vintage vial with shell

Shelf 2
• vintage vial containing mink rib and leg bones
• mink skull
• tiny bottle containing pyrite
• Trametes versicolor ("turkey tail") mushroom
• Atlas Moth wing

Shelf 3
• corked bottle containing white tail deer antler tip
• Coturnix quail egg
• wasp nest
• two test tubes with vintage sea shells
• white coral
• pyrite

This little shelf measures 15" tall, 61/2" wide and 3" deep. For clarity these photos do not depict the cabinet with its glass cover, but one is included if you wish to use it.

Caroline. Cabinet of Curiosities. Curio Shelf. Oddity Decor.


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: curiosities, skull, bone, teeth, shell, feathers
  • Ships worldwide from Illinois, United States
  • Feedback: 96 reviews
  • Favorited by: 1 person

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