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The Curator
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I've never be a collector of opium antiques, but when I could find interesting objects at a very good price, I usually bought them.
Today, I found 2 very interesting opium pipes (chinese and vietnamese. So I decided to reunite the opium collection and discovered that I have the beginning of an interesting display.
That includes, a Samovar from a Chinese Tea (and Opium) House (circa 1850), various pipes, weights, balances, ceramic tokens, opium puppy knives...
Maybe the basis for a strange story. Most of the items are from the XIXth century...

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Kynean
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Well done Curator! Gorgeous objects and beautiful photos ! For our Art, where all is "smoke and mirrors", I think you have now everything you need for the "smoke" part ! Smile
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The mirror is the introspection induced by the smoke, lol.
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A really nice collection, you must spend hours searching for these things !
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I've spent a lot of time in curio shops and antique stores here in the US. I can honestly say though I've found many treasures, I don't find the oddities that you seem to locate. Beautiful find! Do you have any advice?
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On Feb 1, 2015, The Dark Cabaret wrote:
I've spent a lot of time in curio shops and antique stores here in the US. I can honestly say though I've found many treasures, I don't find the oddities that you seem to locate. Beautiful find! Do you have any advice?


You are going to have to travel the world or pay handsomely to find similar relics - location, location, location - you might find a variety of Bizarre items on the mainland that you could trade here for items from elsewhere.
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Same source as usual: mostly Brussels Flea Market.
The tea samovar was found in a friend's antique shop. The tea cup comes from the Bình Thuận shipwreck (400 years ago).
I've 2 of those and one from the Cau Mau shipwreck.
Yesterday, I found another opium balance at the same market.
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I love seeing the objects you collect Curator. All of them seem to perfectly capture that wonderful moment of reality melding with mystery...where magic occurs.
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
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Party at the Curator house! Smile
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