Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Cabinet of Curiosities


This Shrine Cabinet is a decrepit and haunted library of sorts. A depository for many of the antique books passed down through our families. Jack London and John Ruskin wander the corridors, passing by Lord Tennyson and Robert Burns on their collective travels.

Seraph’s past has contributed many of the poetry and religious philosophy books, while Splendor’s much of the literature titles. Our most cherished volumes would include an 1889 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and a tattered first edition of Star Rover. Another favorite would be a mint condition Victorian era Palmistry book (no, dear readers, I cannot look up the exact date for moving this vignette would break 943 unique spells and incantations…)

Placed as though emerging from the books themselves, is a collection of mystical objects. Victorian toys play among rusty keys and antique bells. A miniature gilded clock holds court with a collection of papier mache boxes and silver encrusted perfume bottles. Religious icons and statues uphold their silent vigils knee deep in bits of shell, sticks and fossils.

A shrine by its very nature grows one offering at a time. This shine is perhaps best dedicated to the joy of collecting itself. We feel a true sentience and spirit in many (so called) inanimate objects. Finding objects and giving them a new life is a task that we relish. We would ask you, friends, to open a box of heirlooms and visit a local thrift store. You might find something that touches your heart. Let us know what you find...


Ghosts of forever ride the pale twilight
Teller of the tale lives beneath the ice
Shadow of the haunter creeps within our sight
As we lay sleeping …horror


(“The Face of Oblivion” by High on Fire)

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