From the collection of the imagined Dr Rupert Lockfield – Acquired from a medical colleague of Dr Lockfield in Edinbugh 1883
Fact or fiction, myth or mystery, it’s up to you to decide….
Following a visit to a London carnival in 1880, Lockfield became fascinated with instances of conjoined births. He studied the phenomena extensively, and successfully separated over a dozen pairs of individuals during his lifetime. This specimen is an extremely rare example of twins with a fused skull and brain. What is even more rare, is the fact that this individual survived into adulthood.
A biography…. I prefer to keep my identity private. As a treasure hunter and collector, I decided long ago that if I couldn’t find or buy a particular curiosity, I would make it instead…and so was born The Rupert Lockfield Collection. I refer to the collection lovingly as: “ a novel told through imagined artifacts”.
Dr Rupert Lockfield was known to the Victorian world as a brilliant surgeon, naturalist and explorer. But away from public view, Lockfield chased a macabre obsession until his dying day.He became one of the foremost pioneers of Cryptozoology and Occult Studies. Throughout his lifetime he collected, researched and catalogued hundreds of specimens and artifacts previously thought to exist only in myth and legends.
Dr Rupert Lockfield (b. 1853) was a renown Surgeon and Scientist in his native Great Britain. His life’s work was to explore the unknown. He collected, studied and classified thousands of specimens, many of which were, and still are, believed to be myths and legends.
In 1941 he emigrated to Canada with his entire collection to continue his studies and protect his valuable specimens from the Blitz.
Following his mysterious disappearance in 1949, My Grandfather became the caretaker for his estate. In 1978, my father assumed these responsibilities. In 2014, I inherited this position. I was soon after instructed, by a mysterious solicitor’s letter from London, to begin curating the collection, and offering selected items for sale.