Fully articulated caterpillar automaton by Henri Millardet, late 1700s. Gold, red and black vitreous enamel, split pearl and turquoise. This thing blows my mind.

Fully articulated caterpillar automaton by Henri Millardet, late Gold, red and black vitreous enamel, split pearl and turquoise. This thing blows my mind.

Pewter box for transporting leeches, 19th century

Pewter box for transporting leeches, century. Many people don't realize it, but leeches are used even in western medicine today.

Pressed Sea Moss Album, with Scallop Shell Covers

For centuries, pressed between paper remains the best way to preserve plants.

English Art Deco sterling silver devil's head opium bottle, English, hallmarked 1923

English Art Deco sterling silver devil's head opium bottle, English, hallmarked 1923

Art Deco sterling silver champagne swizzle, circa 1920

Art Deco sterling silver champagne swizzle, circa 1920

Movement by Isaac Penard (Swiss, 1619-1676). Watch in the form of a skull, ca. 1640-50. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1575) #skull #Halloween

Watch in the form of a skull, ca. Movement by Isaac Penard (Swiss, Case and dial: silver, partly nielloed, with a single silver hand; Movement: gilded brass and steel; back plate of movement Source: Isaac Penard: Watch in the form of a skull

Anonymous, French, 19th century. Two Hat-Shaped Chinoiserie Flowers with Fanciful Leaves. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of H. A. Elsberg, 1928 (28.55.4) #spring

Two Hat-Shaped Chinoiserie Flowers with Fanciful Leaves Anonymous, French, century

A nylon parachute that saved a World War II paratroopers life was later made into his wife's wedding dress.

ornamentedbeing: “ c. 1947 NMAH Smithsonian: This wedding dress was made from a nylon parachute that saved the groom’s life during World War II. Claude Hensinger, a pilot, and his crew, were.

1stdibs | French Automaton Singing Bird in Cage

French Automaton Singing Bird in Cage

View this item and discover similar curiosities for sale at - It has a gilded brass cage, with embossed floral garlands and twisted wire bars. The automaton bird moves its beak and tail as it sings and is wound from

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