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Oddities for Sale
Medical Oddities, Antique Taxidermy, and Vintage Curiosities
Here at Cult of Weird we’re always looking for the most unique and fascinating oddities for sale to help you complete your collection or fill that empty space in your cabinet of curiosities. We update this page regularly when we find new vintage weirdness to share, such as:
- Medical oddities
- Preserved insects
- Wet specimens
- Vintage funeral ephemera
- Ouija boards and other occult objects
Whether you’re looking for the perfect weird gift or just something new for your shelves, these oddities and curiosities are sure you warm your dark little heart.
Framed Deaths Head Moth
The Deaths Head moth (Acherontia atropos) is a large hawk moth with black, yellow and brown markings and a distinctive white spot that resembles a skull. Often the more skull-like the marking is, the more valuable the specimen will be. These moths gained notoriety for their appearance on the poster for Silence of the Lambs.
1940s Mystic Soothsayer Vintage Ouija Board
There was a resurgence of interest in spiritualism and Eastern mysticism in the early 1940s, which lead to a brief boom in talking board production from a handful of companies producing their own unique designs. This rare antique Ouija board from that era has a unique black design with art depicting astrological symbols. The original wood planchette is included.
Glass Terrarium Wardian Case
This real curved glass terrarium isn’t an antique, but the vintage Wardian case design evokes a 19th-century Victorian aesthetic that would make one hell of a unique cabinet for displaying skulls, taxidermy, and other various oddities and curiosities.
A great example of an 1800s scarificator, a medical device also known as a fleam used for bloodletting. The handheld instrument has a lever that, when pulled, releases thirteen small blades which would pierce the patient’s skin. A must have for any medical oddities collection.
Snake Girl Circus Sideshow Banner
An original circus sideshow banner from the 1960s or 70s featuring a Snake Girl freakshow act. The seller says the art is attributed to banner artist J. Sigler.
Antique Taxidermy Bird
A vintage kingfisher taxidermy study in a small diorama-style case.
Articulated Hand with 6 Fingers
This articulated hand isn’t a real polydactyly specimen as it’s made of plastic, but it has a great patina. The wood base is perfect for displaying the hand in an antique medical case with other human oddities.
Vintage Hearse Catalog
Some of the most interesting death collections include salesman samples – items a salesman would provide to undertakers to sell their products. These included miniature vaults and coffins, as well as hearse and gravestone catalogs. This particular pamphlet dates to the 1880s and includes illustrations on individual cards of the various horse-drawn funeral carriages the company manufactured.
Deer Taxidermy with Atypical Antlers
An antique taxidermy deer head with abnormal antlers. This unique piece is mounted on a hand carved wood plaque. The seller estimates the mount to date back to around 1900.
A piece of real meteorite makes for an interesting story in any natural history case, but these fragments of the Campo del Cielo meteorite are particularly interesting. This space rock crashed into Argentina more than 4,000 years ago and spawned the indigenous peoples’ creation myth.
Coffin plates were popular from around 1840 to the early 1920s. These engraved metal plaques were typically displayed on the coffin lid during the funeral, or nearby beside a photo of the deceased. Then the casket was buried and the plaque went home with the family. Common inscriptions include “Our Darling,” “Mother,” “Father,” and “At Rest.”
What are oddities?
An oddity is anything out-of-the-ordinary. But when referring specifically to curiosities and oddities shops, we’re referring to unusual items, usually antique, that we collect and display in the style of historical wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities.
Curiosity collections can consist of natural history specimens such as rocks, crystals, and fossils, medical oddities like quack medical devices from the past or preserved specimens of human oddities, spirit communication devices like vintage Ouija boards, antique mortuary tools like trocars and autopsy tables, human skulls, taxidermy and animal bones, circus history items like sideshow banners, and funeral ephemera including antique caskets, coffin screws, coffin plaques, post-mortem photos, and more.
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