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The Curiosities of Victorian Vaudeville

In the Victorian era things such as monkey paws, mermen, and shrunken heads were commonplace for museums of oddities. I remember seeing one such merman as a child. It looked suspiciously fake especially since it was only about 2 feet. If you want a chance to own a piece of this amazing history, then Madame Talbot’s is the place for such curiosities. Below are a few samples from Madame Talbot’s .

The Merman
“This is a vintage Merman Dime Museum Specimen which originally came from a dime museum now shut down. “

A Mummy Finger
“This is an authentic Egyptian Mummy finger, which resides in an Edwardian era delicate little aluminum promotional metal box which says, “Where’s My” with a symbol of what looks like an old blotting device for writing letters.”

Shrunken Head
“NELSON SHRUNKEN HEAD GAFF from The Nelson Supply House, so all I have is Boswell’s word on where this particular piece came from. Boswell ran a Palace of Wonders show and would show what one might consider politically incorrect in this day and age.”

Magic Wishing Monkey Hand
“It had a spell put on it by an old fakir,” said the sergeant-major, “a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have three wishes from it.”

Mummy Medicine
“The contents are that of authentic Egyptian mummy bits which were to be ground up into either powdered mummy (aka mummia) for the making of medicine or for making a brown hue in oil colours known as “Mummy Brown or “Egyptian Brown.”

Human Thigh Bone Knife
” This is a very rare and authentic 100 plus-year-old New Guinea knife, made from a real human thigh bone. Human bone daggers are sometimes made from slain enemies or deceased, powerful relatives and are worn by warriors. “

Direct item links:
* The Merman
* A Mummy Finger
* Shrunken Head
* Magic Wishing Monkey Hand
* Mummy Medicine
* Human Thigh Bone Knife

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