A wonderful teacher’s apparatus, or veterinarian desk display. A unique item, in very nice shape.

On the small front plate…

The Geo. M. Hendry Co. Ltd.
Physical and Chemical Apparatus
Toronto, Ontario

Possibly one of the most unique skulls to cross the threshold of The Cabinet! Aged and ominous, this greenish gold painted skull has what appears to be real gold set within the cracks and crevices.
From the Billy Jamieson Collection.

From the Billy Jamieson Collection… 19th century, Asian landscape made entirely of human bone!

No, this is not in the shop! Just thought it was cool to share!!

‘By touching a cord, the head of the monster grizzly bear with jaws extended, would dart out in front from under the seat, snapping and gnashing its teeth.’

 

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The shop is closed today and tomorrow because we will be set up at the Christie Antique Show! Our booth is D1. Don’t forget it!!

8am to 5pm!

http://christieantiqueshow.ca/

This alligator skull is approx. 14″ long.

From the coveted Billy Jamieson collection… an authentic human skull! Lower jaw missing. Comes with official authentication.

Not For Sale.

This amazing aged 18th century skull with the jaw missing was deaccessioned from the William Jamieson Niagara Falls Museum Collection.

Not For Sale.

This incredible blackened human skull is missing it’s lower jaw but it makes up for it in barnacles! Deaccessioned from the William Jamieson Niagara Falls Museum Collection.

Not For Sale.

Get ready to piss your pants and scream like a little girl that’s discovered a spider colony in her closet. Poveglia Island is a secluded little piece of land that even the macho-iest of Italians stay the f**k away from. The final restless place of thousands of diseased, murderous and insane people, Poveglia is the convergence of everything we know about evil. So what’s the deal with this island of spooky terror?

Twisted History

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Back when the bubonic plague ate up most of the world’s population, the Romans had a clever idea to keep the healthies separated from the sickos. The plagued people were shipped off to Poveglia Island, a small, secluded land mass that floats between Venice and Lido. There, people lived out the last of their wretched lives together until they croaked. Since the island already reeked of death, the next time an epidemic came along, barely alive bodies were dumped there and burned in mass graves. In the 20s, a mental hospital was built to welcome the island’s newest “guests,” or anybody that showed symptoms of any sort of sickness, physical or mental. Basically, if you had an itch, away you went to Poveglia where you’d sink your feet into the soil (half dirt, half human ash) and be in the company of over 100K diseased ghosts. What’s more is that these plagued ghosts aren’t your loveable Patrick Swayze types. No, these ghosts are pissed. You see, a dickhead doctor ran the mental hospital and, since mental health was pretty wishy-washy back then, conducted all kinds of brutal experiments on residents of the island (like shoving chisels into their brains to see what moved.) The doc eventually tumbled off the bell tower, either by his own doing or with a little shove from a few tortured souls. He survived the fall but rumor has it that some sort of mist swallowed him upon landing, effectively finishing the job. Suffice it to say that if you’re looking for a place to piss your pants in horror, Poveglia’s got the ghoulish goods.

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The dudes from Ghost Adventures got all kinds of spooked on the island. Their episode on Poveglia, where the crew stranded themselves there for 24 hours, is full of perceived curses, apparitions, creepy music, weird energy, inexplicable equipment malfunctions, and off-the-charts ghost monitors. These dudes used their best Italian to ask the ghosts pertinent questions like “are you a murderer?” and seemed to get responses from the dark abyss. Mysterious bangs, audible footsteps, disembodied voices and strange orbs are all captured on video and audio. As with most episodes of Ghost Adventures, people bashed the validity of their haunted claims. We’ll admit this shit looks scary but most things illuminated only by the green of a night-vision camera usually are.
 
Getting There
 
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No one cares if you want to give yourself the willies; there are no boats that make regular stops at the island. The Italian tourism board prohibits visiting the island (on paper) and requires a lengthy application process, where you must obtain approval, before you can step your trembling foot onto the human ash-covered land. But as with most things, for the right price (about 200 euros), you can hire a dude to float you over there, no approval necessary.
 
Tip: Step lightly. The whole place is falling apart in chunks (which may explain some of those mysterious bangs.)
Italians like to keep Poveglia at the bottom of their list of tourist attractions. But nosey scare-seekers have found their way onto its forbidden shores with mixed results about their encounters with the undead. When it comes to ghosts, it seems that people always find exactly what they’re looking for. In the end, it’s hard to say if this island is actually haunted but we can tell you that it’s 100 percent better to be scared in Italy than it is stuffing your face with candy corn on your couch this Halloween.

 

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The writer, the producer, the director… the one and only… Guillermo del Toro dropped in our shop today!

While in Hamilton filming a haunting gothic horror story, Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro dropped by after hours to see the strange oddities and rare antiques at the Cabinet.

How freakin’ cool is that?!!?

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Mark (left) with Guillermo del Toro! (right)

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Incredible pet portrait. Sword, pipe, some whiskey. Of course!