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You Are On: The Weirdest Page 1 



Headers on each page give guidelines of what you'll find, plenty of surprises!  Keep your sense of humor, and enjoy the ride...

PAGE 1:  Moose poop ornaments, coral; emerald beetle brooch and earrings, Cassowary bone dagger,  Turkey Dew claw necklace, Conger Eel skull, Stool sample, Lion head carving, Silver wire tree, Vintage etched Boab nut/seed pods, Burlwood Bird, Replica Elephant tusk pillars, Giraffee Bone, Vintage Wedding Kimono, Boar's tusk necklace, largest Cave bear skull,  gator foot coffee mugs, giant cave crystal, Paddlefish bill, Goat horns and skull cap, Nutria hide, camel bladder lamp, Nine Banded Armadillo skull cap, Nan Emmett Ceramic Rattle, Hybrid Beast, sting ray skin, Kangaroo paw back scratcher, Kangaroo toes/claws, vintage Grouse foot sterling brooch, vintage fossil Crocodile tooth pendant, Albino Chinese box turtle, Jade grape clusters, carrier shell,  Boar's skull, Boar's tooth scrimshaw display, cork screws (Boar's tooth or tusk), Boar's teeth,  bottle openers (Hippo tusk or Boar's tooth), Water Buffalo letter opener, Water Buffalo letter opener/jack knife, Gemsbok/Oryx horn slices, Kudu Antelope horns, Yak tooth necklaces, Coyote tooth necklaces and tooth with claw necklaces, Coyote tooth and claw earrings, Muskrat jaw earrings, Porcupine claw earrings, Porcupine tail quills, Water buffalo tooth necklaces and earrings, badger claw necklaces, Sperm whale tooth necklace, Dinosaur Bone House!, Mr. Turtle, shrunken heads, buffalo vertebrae, three-eyed alligator head AND the world's only deformed gator head collection, Oosik, Ostrich, stuff from our "weird museum", glass sponge, Ceremonial Ornamental shell necklaces, heart cockle shell, kudzu vine basket, Elephant teak trunk carving, brain and mushroom coral, fossil mud, and more!

PAGE 2:  Dinosaur embryo, 2 Carat cup, Mini Dominos, Penis gourds, Frog Nesting doll, Amethyst stalactite, Ammonite jewelry, scorpion,  Jade Pillowcases, Shark in a bottle, Giant shark tooth, Mystery ivory, snake bite boxes, shark skin, fossil turtle poop, Fossil hamburger,  fossil tree branches & a mystery rock, and more!

PAGE 3Taxidermy Newborn Deer fawn; Skulls: Garfish, Vervet Monkey, South African Cape Hare, Wallaby, Bobcat, Mink, Beaver, Coyote, and Male Chacma Baboon; Skeletons of: tortoise, royal python eating shrew; Black scorpions, frog, rat, Skeletons of: Eastern painted turtle, cottonmouth snake, twig snake, Western Diamondback rattlesnake, White throated monitor, Gila monster, weasel attacking mole, Mamushi venomous snake, four horned ram photo, croc monitor, Gar fish, spider crab photo, shark made of fossil shark teeth, giant shell, hog island boa with rat skeleton, gimungous iguana, giboon viper skeleton, Pterois Volitans fish skeleton, Rock Python eating Uromastyx Lizard, Ugly Face Pottery 

PAGE 4:  A "virtual tour" of the Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC 





(or PIN/PENDANT) on Victorian reproduction brass

Celebrate this Year with some real HUMOR


Link here to POOP Fossils Page 1


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This is an exquisite specimen of brain coral we acquired (April 2003)...but this is no ORDINARY coral .. this is a coral with a moral - Glenn says behind every BRAIN (sarcastically speaking)...there's a....(see the bottom of the page...)



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Talk about being green, why not wear a bug?  

What's so weird about that?  Well, it's an Emerald Beetle from Thailand, about 1-1/2" long.  

The Thai people catch them and EAT THEM.  They pull off the wings and scoop out the nutty flavored white meat - the long-fingered ladies in particular scoop the meat out easily with their nails.  

These beetles died naturally after reproducing, then are made into pins with brass pieces with legs, glued to the bottom, and then sold as lovely insect jewelry!  

How's that for weird!  We now have them available!  


Average 1-1/2" long

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#W-1  (11 available)  $19



Average 2" long wings, on silver color French wires

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#W-1-A   (11 pairs available)  $24



Real Cassowary bird tibia leg bone (one side cut to the hollow inner bone, with traditional knotted hood design, made of twined bark string and seed beeds) made as a ceremonial dagger with real cassowary feathers tassel, from Papua New Guinea (Irian Jaya), made by Asmat Tribesmen. We estimate the age to be at least 50 years old.

Here is an information site about this item:






14" long x 2-1/2" across knotted hood, x 1-3/4" deep (across knotted hood); Bone itself is 1-1/8" wide x 3/4" deep.  $299





15" long x 2-3/4" across knotted hood, x 1-3/4" deep (across knotted hood); bone itself is 1-1/2" wide x 7/8" deep.  $299





This LOOKS like an awesome TOOTH necklace.

What is it?

TURKEY DEW CLAWS (called “Spurs”)!  Yup.
Spurs are not shed each year like antlers on deer, but, like antlers, the size, length and sharpness of the spur increase as the gobbler ages. Spur length and sharpness are really the only reliable indicators of an old boss gobbler.

Necklace made with 20 spurs, merged expertly on horn beads (claw + horn beads average 1-1/8” to 1-1/4” long each), spaced with wooden beads 12 mm to 15 mm
Suede thong 42” long can be knotted to shorter length as needed.

$249  SOLD

Conger Eel Skull


Genuine long-jawed conger eel
Bathymyrus simus is an eel in the family Congridae
(conger/garden eels). It is a tropical,
marine eel which inhabits moderately deep water.
It is known from the Penghu Islands and Vietnam,
in the western Pacific Ocean. Males can reach a
maximum total length of 19.5 centimetres (7.6 inches)

Congers have wide mouths with sturdy teeth, usually a variant of gray or black in coloration. They have no scales.

Measures 8-1/4" long x 3" wides x 3-7/8" tall (21.5 cm long)

Weight: 2.6 ounces

Origin: Vietnam




Gag gift for all!
Specimen plastic jar with real wood three-legged stool inside, labeled "STOOL SAMPLE"
Specimen bottle Measures 2" tall x 1-1/2" wide
Stool is 1-1/4" tall x 1-1/8" diameter

(10 available)




ROARING LION HEAD with elephant and tiger
Signed "Devin" and the date" 7-2-04" right across the elephant head near the bottom. It is an impressive piece of a roaring lion head with an elephant head below and a tiger along one side, and quite heavy (13.8 pounds). It has a hanger on the back, solid wood, measures 20.5" long x 12" wide x 6" deep.



Made of twisted sterling silver wire, on a solid rock base, hung with numerous little silver bells.  Hand made by a jewelry teacher whose class Glenn took.  Measures 21" tall and 21" wide.   A one-of-a-kind item!

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#W-1-M    $300.00  SOLD


VINTAGE Etched BOAB NUTS or Seed pod

Nuts from the Baobab tree, from Western Australia

Carved in Australia by Aboriginal artists

Purchased in an antique store in Perth, Western Australia



4-1/2” long x 3-3/4” wide & deep, 3/4” stem; nut inside rattles around.

Etched with Aboriginal male portrait side view with decorative border edge

There is a crack from edge down to his temple
Written on back: “Noondoo” “Aboriginal Elder

Carved on a Boat Nut from Derba, WA” meaning Western Australia

Weight: 5.1 ounces

$179  SOLD



5-3/4” long x 2-3/4” wide and deep; nut inside rattles around.

Etched with Two kangaroos, trees with kookaburra bird in tree, two birds flying; decorative edging; written on back: “Kangaroo carved on a boab nut, from Derby WA” meaning Western Australia.

Weight: 3.9 ounces

$179  SOLD



Amazing find!
Burlwood carved into a single bird on a burl wood base
BIRD Measures: 9-1/2" beak to tail, 6" tall (where legs meet burl) x 4-1/4" wide
BASE measures 7" x 6-1/2" x 3" tall; together it measures 8-1/2" tall

Weight: 1 pound 13.2 ounces

Russell Gillespie, born 1922 in North Carolina and lives and works there.  
Russell Gillespie grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and has lived there his entire life. He spends his summer months "doing truck farming and raising tobacco" (American Folk Art Company, Virginia), but in the winter he carves sculptures from tree roots and burls. In 1950 he was ordained a Baptist minister and now preaches in small churches in Buncombe, Henderson, and Madison Counties. Russell Gillespsie sculpted from the roots and knots of trees and carved birds and animals from gourds.
He has works displayed in the Smithsonian Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art.  You can google his extensive works.






Made from thick strips of water buffalo/cow bone, glued to a mold in the shape of elephant tusk, then intricately carved with Asian themed designs.

On black painted wood bases 10" long x 10" wide x 7" tall.
Measure 71" linear measurement tall from floor to tip of tusks; 8" diameter tusks


Free delivery EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI, inquire for other locations within other lower 48 States.

Material: possibly resin, filled with foam insulation, capped in brass.



Original etching of 2 zebras, and a gnu surprised by a crocodile
Signed by African artist  “Godfrey Ntakana, ‘03”
End capped with brass and etching of zebra by American artist Julessa Barnes (North Carolina), unsigned

Measures linear 19” long x 3-5/8” wide x 3-1/4” deep
Weight:  2 pounds 14 ounces (not including base)

Mounted on a walnut display base 9-1/2” long x 4-1/4” wide, tusk is on two brass rods (1-1/4” showing).  Full height 6-1/2” at tusk tip




Synthetic material, antiqued
Original etching of 3 elephants in the trees and grass.
Signed by African artist “Godfrey Ntakana ‘03”
End capped in brass, with etching of elephant by American artist Julessa Barnes (North Carolina), unsigned

Measures linear 19-1/4” long x 3-3/4” wide x 3-1/4” deep
Weight: 3 pounds 1 ounce
(not including base)

Mounted on a walnut display base 9-1/2” long x 4-1/4” wide, tusk is on two brass rods (1-1/4” showing).  Full height 5-7/8” at tusk

$575  SOLD


Two faux (fiberglass, hollow) elephant tusks; brownish off-white tone, brushed finish.

Buyer can mount on bases or cap in brass, suggestions.
41" long following curvature x 3-5/8" across widest end
Wood insert across ends.

Weight: 2 pounds 4 ounces each (total 4 pounds 8 ounces)

$265  SOLD




Genus and species: Giraffa camelopardalis (wild)

This is a modern giraffe femur bone, product of Africa.  Measures 21-1/2" long x 8-1/2" widest socket end, 3" across middle of bone

Weight: 8 lbs 15 oz.  Not endangered, but we will not ship outside the U.S.


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#W-GIR-1  $345  SOLD


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Genuine Giraffe Metatarsal bone - toe bone, not a leg bone, though it operates as a lower leg.  It has been carved on one side with 3 walking elephants and a grove of trees; no carving on back, flat on bottom, cut flat on one end.  

Measures 25-1/4" long x 5" widest on the ends, 2" widest in the middle, x 2" tall.  On metal rods drilled into a heavy, sturdy ironwood polished base, flat on bottom.  Natural crack along the top is stable.  Stands 8-1/2" high overall with base.  Not signed.  African work.

$825  SOLD


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Genuine Giraffe rib bone, scrimshawed with Gemsbok rutting and grazing and Zebras grazing.  Signed "Bekie Mcube" as close as we can tell.  Small wood stand on one end with metal insertions into end which is a cap of bone; cut on the other end so it stands by itself.

Linear measurement 29-1/2"; curved measurement 32-1/2"; 2" tallest part of the rib in center, x 1" thickest.  Stands 8" tall at the center.  A beautiful piece.




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Ceremonial pipe made of giraffe (or perhaps camel) bone (though it is not hollow throughout like a usable pipe), shaped like a tusk though it is bone.  It is in two pieces, the pin between the two is missing.  The other sections have been pinned together with bone pins.  Crowned king head in the front (hole at the bottom) and images of people praying, and animals (lizards, snakes, rabbits), and a square man's face on the side.

Measures 25" long following curvature x 1-1/2" widest x x 7" tall

WEIGHT: 2 pounds 3.2 ounces
SHIPPING BOX: 20x10x8”




Genuine giraffe metatarsal bone.
Hand carved in Africa with six elephants and various trees.  One side only.  Right side wood piece repaired and stable.

Bone itself Measures 23-3/4” long x 3” deepest x 2-5/8” tall
With wood display end pieces, 24-1/2” long x 4-1/8” tall

Not signed

Actual weight: 3 pounds 15.4 ounces
Shipping weight: 6 pounds
Shipping box size: 26x8x8






Rare HUGE Wedding Kimono, red silk with crane and flowers in gold embroidered design.
One of a kind, hand crafted; museum quality ceremonial piece in pure silk with intricate detailed hand-embroidery throughout.

To emphasize the actual size, photos of Glenn on ladder holding it.

New, never worn.  No damage or stains.

It is supposed to trail along the floor, which is why it is heavily padded along the hem.
No label, brand or date.
Solid red satin-lined

Measures 73” long including neck x 50” wide
Sleeves 12” wide x 40” long
Bottom 7” is padded/weighted on the bottom with soft red fabric surrounding the padding.
White ribbon for inner tying.
Straight pole with hanger loop is 51” long, included

Estimated date of manufacture: 1970’s (20th century)
Weight: 5 pounds 6 ounces

Other measurements:
Neck to sleeve cuff hem 22-1/4”
Collar width 4”
Sleeve length 41”
Cuff opening 8”
Sleeve width 13”
Hem 51”
Underarm circumference 54”
Underarm to hem is 65-1/2”

(free ship within the U.S., cost to ship anywhere else to be quoted)


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For the first time, offered individually for sale (350+ heads)



EVER EXCAVATED from the Caves of Romania

(Ursus spelaeus)

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A regular black bear skull looks like a weasel skull when compared to this giant.  Measures 20-7/8" long x 13-1/8" wide x 11-5/8" tall.

#CAVE-257     $16,500   SOLD

Read the rest of the details, and more cave bear fossils available, on the CAVE BEAR FOSSILS page, link below:

Cave Bear Fossils


Guess what this is...is this a shoe insole?  No. A fly catcher?  Nope.   Give up?  Check the yellow box at the bottom of the page for the answer.
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What a hoot of a conversation piece, and functional too, if you wish, as a mug, beer stein or even a pen holder for your desk.  Available exclusively from us.  Mug is black ceramic or clear glass.  Hand wash only.

This size comes from MONSTER gators over 11 feet long to get this size.  Priced as shown.

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Go to the GATORS PAGE 3, item G343 series to view them ALL, with the prices:

Gator Page 6



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#W-2.  Giant cave crystal from China.  Size is 15" high x 24" wide x 4 1/2" thick.  Solid, and an incredible natural work of art.  






(Polyodon spathula)

The paddlefish is a popular sport fish with a distinctive snout that's elongated and flattened into the paddle shape, for which is it named.  The paddle is used to detect prey, and to migrate back to spawning grounds.  Paddlefish is also the oldest living species in North America.

  According to fossil records, it's OLDER THAN THE DINOSAURS!

Paddlefish are an ancient species of fish that date back to the times of dinosaurs. The sturgeon is a similar species of fish. Both are popular for their flesh and their eggs, or roe, which is used as caviar. Paddlefish, also known as spoonbills, are most easily identified by their paddle-shaped nose, which accounts for about one-third of their body length.

Paddlefish are cartilaginous, which means that they have no bones. They are bluish-gray to blackish on the back and grade to white on the belly. They have small eyes and no scales.

Paddlefish are filter feeders. Despite their large adult size, paddlefish eat tiny crustaceans and insects, called zooplankton, as they constantly swim slowly through water with their mouths wide open.

Paddlefish can grow to a length of about seven feet, weigh up to 160 pounds or more, and live 30 years or more.

Paddlefish live mostly in open waters of big rivers and were historically found in the Mississippi, Missouri and Osage rivers, along with other streams.

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#W-3  Genuine Paddlefish bill is 3-1/4" wide x 16" long, modern not fossil

$400  SOLD





PADDLEFISH “Spoonbill” (Awesome) Taxidermy Head and bill wall mount
21” long x 13” wide x 3-3/4” tall
Base wood mount measures: 24” wide x 5-1/2” tall x 3/4” thick
Sturdy hang loop on back

Weight: 3 pounds 8 ounces

Shipping within the U.S. only



Bill + head skeleton, 20” long x 3” wide x 2” tall

Weight: 2.5 ounces

Shipping within the U.S. only

$299  SOLD



Measures 19” long x 3” widest x 1-3/4” tall

One small piece came off the tip (included)

Weight: 2 ounces

Shipping within the U.S. only

$325  SOLD


Paddlefish bill in shadowbox

Bill itself measures 15" long x 2-1/2" widest

In black shadowbox measuring 26-1/2" long x 8-1/2" tall x 3-1/4" deep
Black fabric behind paddlefish bill, lightly sewn to the fabric
Two hangers on back

Weight: 4 pounds 9.7 ounces

(No international shipping)


Full skeletonized paddlefish bill with skull, no flaws - beautiful specimen

Measures 22" long x 3-1/2" widest x 2-1/4" tall

Weight: 4 ounces



Paddlefish skeleton head/bill

Measures 19" long x 2-3/4" across head, 3-1/2" across widest part of bill, x 2-1/4" tall at head.

Professionally bleached, slight graying towards end of bill.

Weight: 2.2 ounces



Full paddlefish bill and head, skeleton.
Includes extra bones:
set of 2 pectoral fins

set of 2 operculum bones
set of two (two-piece attached, one unattached) unidentified bones

Bill/skeleton head measures 24" long x 4" wide x 2" tall

Weight with extra bones: 5.8 ounces



Set of 2 pectoral fins and 2 operculum bones
set of two (two-piece attached, one unattached) unidentified bones





Paddlefish bill with skull
Among the Largest we've ever handled!

23-1/4" Long x 3-3/4" wide x 2" tall

Weight: 4.3 ounces



22-1/2" long x 3-1/2" across widest part of bill and skull, x 2-3/4" tall



23" long x 3-7/8" wide across widest part of bill and skull x 1-7/8" tall
Includes extra bones



Measures 23-1/2" long x 3" across widest part of bill x 3-3/4" across widest part of head x 2-1/2" tall
Damage on one side towards front, top layer of bill
Bill layers separate which is unique
Weight: 4.3 ounces



Measures 20-1/4" long x 2-3/4" across bill, 2-1/2" across skull x 1-5/8" tall



Below is a LARGE MOOSE JAW prepared by our friend Bob in Maine as a dreamcatcher for Glenn, with one of Glenn's favorite Auriculitis fossil shark teeth in the center, two sharks hand painted on both sides of the jaw.  This one is not for sale (it hangs on display in his office, thanks Bob!), but inquire about purchasing another if you wish.

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The birthday party was great!  The birthday girl thought the kangaroo scrotum pouch was hysterical. So did everyone else! Here's Chris showing off her most unusual gift for her 'memorable birthday' celebration in South Carolina...

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Goat horns and skull cap, painted brown
11” long following curvature of horns x 4” wide skull x 3-1/4” deep

$35  SOLD


Nutria also known as a coypu is a large semiaquatic rodent from South America.




Nutria hide, Louisiana
Measures 29” long x 7” wide
Hide was peeled off the body in one piece
Excellent condition, beautifully tanned

$69  SOLD

Ever seen one?  We haven't either


Camel bladder lamp, works perfectly!
Possible Turkish origin

Measures 12" tall x 11" wide x 7" deep; opening on top is 3-1/4" diameter

Simple candelabra light bulb included
Two slots (one each side) likely for incense when the lamp heats up
Wood base
Toggle on cord on & off; cord length a generous 7'9" long

Weight: 1 pound 8.9 ounces


The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), also known as the nine-banded long-nosed armadillo or common long-nosed armadillo, is a mammal found in North, Central, and South America, making it the most widespread of the armadillos.  Its ancestors originated in South America, and remained there until the formation of the Isthmus of Panama allowed them to enter North America as part of the Great American Interchange. The nine-banded armadillo is a solitary, mainly nocturnal animal, found in many kinds of habitats, from mature and secondary rainforests  to grassland and dry scrub. It is an insectivore, feeding chiefly on ants, termites, and other
small invertebrates. The armadillo can jump 3–4 ft straight in the air if sufficiently frightened, making it a particular danger on roads.


Real Nine-Banded Armadillo skull cap
Measures 3-1/4" long x 1-3/4" wide
Sturdy/thick enough to make a pendant




Looks like a seahorse on one end, dragon on the other, with wings
Handmade; Made of snake vertebrae & misc. bones, on copper wire post and wood slice base
Beast itself Measures 6-1/4" long x 2-1/4" wingspan x 1-1/4" tall
On base it is 3-3/8" tall
Wood slice measures 2-3/4" diameter
Weight: 1.2 ounces




COPPER FACE, gray matte body

Vintage possibly 1980's
Deva Raku spirit ceremonial musical rattle/shaker
4" tall x 3-1/4" wide x 2-1/4" deep
Weight: 4 ounce
Artist lives in Houston TX

Originally these were sold with a card that said "Throughout time rattles have been used for healing, calling down the spirits and as a soothing active form of meditation. Handcrafted from clay and raku fired, these deva rattles bring together the elements of earth, fire and water. They are both a sculpture and a rattle created to comfort, heal and celebrate life. Each rattle has a unique expression and resonance. Select one that soothes and moves you personally."



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Bet you'll never guess what kind of skin this is (shown top, bottom and close up, measures 19" long x 7" wide) 

$59.00  SOLD OUT

STINGRAY!  It is tanned, dyed black, the center left natural, and is mainly used in making motorcycle seats and even purses.  The shiny, pebbly, durable surface is such a high quality!


Stingray hide, bleached ivory color

It is hard not supple

Measures 14” long x 7” wide


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Genuine kangaroo paw back scratcher!  13" long, partially wrapped and sewn roo hide from paw down the bamboo stick about 6".  Keep in mind the kangaroos are hunted by government permit only, if they did not keep the numbers down they would starve in the winter, which is worse.  Then 100% of the roo is recycled (the meat is eaten, the hide is used, even the feet as you see here, much as deer here in the U.S.)  Information card comes with it.  


Link to kangaroo scrotum pouch coin purses and keychains


Exotic Leather Accessories


Acquired from an antique store in Hobart, Tasmania
4” long x 3/4” diameter

#W4-50 $45   

#W4-51  $45  SOLD


Acquired in Tasmania from an antique store
Foot with 4 toes measures 3-1/4” long x 7/8” wide x 7/8” deep
Sterling button on top of toe, attached to twisted wire, to hold loop.
Sterling silver end cap (etched checkered pattern and possibly 2 trees) with soldered pin; pin slips over open loop

No damage; age estimate 1930’s to 40’s
NOTE: In the film “Jennifer Eight”, Lance Henriksen plays Freddy Ross in a boat scene 40 minutes into the movie.  He is wearing an identical grouse foot pin on his hat.

#W4-60  $165  SOLD


Acquired in Australia at antique store
Age estimate: 1930’s
2-5/8” long x 5/8” wide x 3/4” deep

Sterling silver cap marked “STG.SIL”

#W4-70  $195  SOLD

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This is one of our new treasures, a taxidermy of an Albino Chinese Box Turtle, 6-1/2" long x 4" wide x 1-5/8" tall, shell is 4-3/4" long x 3-1/2" wide.

$220  SOLD



Vintage Genuine (light green) jade grapes, and dark green jade grape leaves, wired together (then wire is wrapped in blue silk thread) into a beautiful display grape cluster.  Great display for a winery or a wine display case.

Grapes measure 1-1/4 to 1-1/2” long, x 5/8 to 3/4” wide, oval in shape
Leaves measure 2 to 2-1/4” long.



9” long x 5” wide x 2” tall
Weight: 1 pound

$65  SOLD


(Masters of disguise)

(Xenophora Palidula, Phillipines)

Heidi's favorite, the Master of Disguise in the shell family.  As they grow, they attach a variety of objects to themselves, ranging from dead shells and coral, to pebbles and even bits of garbage left by humans (see the glass bottle top in the photo below, from a shell book).  These items slowly twirl to the center top of the shell as the shell grows larger.  A deepwater shell in most of the world's warm seas

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#W-7-A  $39  SOLD

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Boar's Tusk/Rattan 

Bontoc Necklace

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Head hunter warrior's trophy necklace

NEW, HAND MADE, 12 natural, genuine boar's tusks woven on a hand made rattan necklace, from the mountain province of Bontoc near the Banaue rice terraces on the Island of Luzon, Philippines.

"Bontoc" means "bun" (heap) and "tuk" (top), together meaning "mountains", referring to the people of the Mountain Province in the Philippines which actually covers 4 provinces (Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province- formerly sub province Bontoc - and Kalinga-Apayao).

This was traditionally considered a headhunter's warrior's trophy; Igorot groups formerly practiced headhunting and male dancers wore these at the ato's head-taking ceremony. Some were adorned with human hair from a victim(headhunting ended in the 1930's).

It is the stylish bachelor young men who wear boar's teeth necklaces (and armbands called abkil) today, to show their single, available status. The Ifugao believe that wearing this necklace gives them power, strength and speed of the boar. It is worn with the boar's tusks pointing away from the breast, not towards it (like in Native American bear claw necklaces).

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Reverse side also shown here:

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#W-BOAR-1.  Teeth are from 6.5" long at the bottom to 3" long at the top, measuring along the curve.  Rattan necklace is 32" long (no clasp, it just fits over the head).  A special weird thing to display, wear and own!

 (3 available)




Phacochoerus aethiopicus

Product of Africa, Skull and tusks as described

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Skull measures 13" long x 7" wide x 7" tall; 7" tusks

$265 SOLD

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Skull measures 13-1/2" long x 7" wide x 6" tall; 5" tusks


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Skull measures 14-1/2" long x 7-1/2" wide x 8-1/2" tall; 9" tusks

$275 SOLD - Bill



Exquisite art piece
REAL Boar skull with tusks, carved with designs in Indonesia, Balinese style
Skull is complete without damage for a natural item
Measures 13" long x 12" high x 10" between tusks, 6-1/2" across back of skull

Weight: 5 pounds .07 ounce







XL Boar's tooth, color scrimshaw etching (Africa) of the "Big 5"
Leopard, lion, water buffalo, rhino and elephant
Brass cap and brass round stand, stands on its own
Measures linear 6-1/2" long x 1-3/8" widest x 7/8" thick
Measured over curvature it is 9-3/4" long
Weight: 6.6 ounces



XL Boar's tooth, color scrimshaw etching (Africa) of the "Big 5"
Leopard, lion, water buffalo, rhino and elephant
Brass cap and brass round stand, stands on its own
Measures linear 7-3/4" long x 1-1/4" widest x 3/4" thick
Measured over curvature it is 10-1/4" long
Natural smoothed gouge on top
Weight: 5.6 ounces




Water buffalo horn corkscrew, brass corkscrew
Tooth is 4" linear measurement, 5" curved
Carved elephant in tooth



Boar’s tusk - wine corkscrew
Boar’s tusk (6-3/4” long following curvature, 4-1/2” linear including cap) x 7/8” wide x 5/8” deep, carved one side with 2 walking elephants and trees.
Capped on end with water buffalo horn
Sturdy brass corkscrew is 3” long.




Natural teeth, sized & priced as marked



5-1/2" $35


5-1/4" $30


5-1/4" $30


5-1/4" $30


5-1/4" $30


5"  $27


5"  $24


5" $24


4-7/8" $22


4-1/4" $20


4-1/4" $20


4" $18


3-7/8" $18


3-7/8" $18


3-7/8" $18


3-7/8"  $15


3-1/2" $12


3"  $12


Juvenile tooth, rare

2-1/4"  $30



5-1/2"  $30



3-5/8"  $18




Heavy duty brass opener, natural Hippo tooth with wood capped end, 6" LONG, measured linear overall, tooth itself from cap to tip is 4-7/8"
Carved with two elephants, toasted to highlight carving

$85  SOLD




Boar’s tooth measures 4-1/4” long (following curvature) including cap x 7/8” thickest x 5/8” deep
Cap is a hardwood
Brass bottle opener is 1-5/8” long and wide

$35  SOLD

HIPPO TUSK on stand

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Hippo tusk, scrimshawed with 4 zebras, brass cap, wood pegs, on wood base.  Measures 8-3/4" long x 1-3/8" wide x 3" tall; base measures 9-1/2" long x 2" wide.  Signed "MWE"





20" curved length (14-1/2" linear) x 2-1/2" wide x 1-1/2" deep
It has been antiqued with stain (not by us)
Weight: 2 pounds, 1.6 ounces





Hippo tooth straight, polished, brass cap
9" long x 1-3/8" diameter
Weight: 9 ounces





Hippo tooth straight, polished, brass cap
8-1/2" long x 1-3/8" diameter
Weight: 8.6 ounces





Water buffalo bone, wood capped both ends, carved Water buffalo head
HANDLE 2-3/8" long x 1-1/2" wide x 1" thick
BRASS BLADE 4-7/8" long



Letter opener
Water buffalo bone handle, wood capped both ends, carved Lion head
HANDLE 2-1/2" long x 1-1/4" wide x 1" thick
BRASS BLADE 4-7/8" long



Water buffalo horn tip, wood capped
HANDLE 6-5/8" following curvature x 3/4" wide x 3/4" thick

BRASS BLADE 5-3/8" long





Letter opener (4-1/2” stainless steel blade)
Water buffalo bone handle both sides (3”); total length 7-1/2”
Steel jack knife 2-1/4” long

$22  SOLD

Horn sliced lengthwise
Great as a collectible or to use in crafts


7" long x 2" wide  $18


7" long x 1-7/8" wide  $18


7-1/2" long x 2-1/8" wide  $18


The large wide spiralling horns of a male kudu make it easy to identify. The horns have become an iconic symbol, even used on the South African National Parks  logo. Greater kudu, Tragelaphus strepsiceros, of eastern and southern Africa.




4 entwined KUDU MALE CURLY HORNS (African antelope), floor or table display piece

Measures 34-1/4” tall x 5-1/2” diameter
Stands by itself

We believe the 4 horns were soaked and then wrapped around each other and then dried
Beautiful display piece!

Weight: 8.85 pounds

Ship within U.S. only

$465  SOLD


YAK TEETH from Tibet
Designed on bead necklaces by Glenn

The yak (Bos grunniens and Bos mutus) is a long-haired bovid found throughout the Himalaya region of south Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia and Russia. Most yaks are domesticated. Yaks belong to the genus Bos, and are therefore related to cattle. Wild yaks are among the largest bovids and are second only to the gaur in shoulder height.



Yak tooth 2" long
on 21" bead necklace-black onyx round beads & natural cow bone beads, 4mm




Yak tooth 1-1/2" long
on 21" brown cow bone bead necklace 5x2 mm rondell

$30  SOLD


Yak tooth 2-1/4" long
on 20" golden tigereye and natural cow bone round beads, 6mm



Yak tooth 2" long
on 21" "cactus" textured natural cow bone beads (12x6 mm) and twisted black onyx beads (10x7 mm) necklace



Yak tooth 1-3/4" long
on 22" Chinese turquoise round beads (6.4 mm) and orange carnelian beads (6 mm) bead necklace




Do you know anyone that has one?  Probably not!  That's why Glenn decided to make them, of course.  Natural coyote teeth from legal hunting, using 100% of the animal.
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1-1/2" long coyote tooth on white cow bone and red glass slim beads, 19" long.

$28  SOLD

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1-7/8" long coyote tooth on 19" white cow bone bead necklace.

$32  SOLD

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1-7/8" long coyote tooth on antiqued cow bone beads, 19" long

$32  SOLD

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1-5/8" coyote tooth on round white bone bead and red glass bead, 18" necklace

$28  SOLD


1-3/4" coyote tooth on 20" black hematite and green jade bead necklace


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1-3/4" coyote tooth on 20" black hematite and green jade bead necklace


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One coyote tooth (1-5/8" long) on 20" white cow bone bead & black onyx bead necklace, gold rhodium barrel twist closure


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1-3/4" coyote tooth on 20" black hematite and orange Carnelian bead necklace

$34  SOLD

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1-3/4" coyote tooth on 20" black hematite bead necklace

$34  SOLD

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1-3/4" coyote tooth on 20" black hematite and red glass bead necklace

$34  SOLD

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1-3/4" coyote tooth on 20" black hematite rice and faceted bead necklace

$34  SOLD

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1-3/4" coyote tooth on 20" black hematite and red glass bead necklace


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1-3/4" coyote tooth on 20" black hematite and blue turquoise bead necklace

$34  SOLD

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1-3/4" coyote tooth on 20" black hematite and faceted red Austrian crystal bead necklace


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1-3/4" coyote tooth on 20" black hematite and blue turquoise bead necklace

$34  SOLD

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1-3/4" coyote tooth on 20" black hematite and faceted red glass bead necklace

$34  SOLD

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Three coyote teeth (1-5/8" long) on 20" white cow bone (slim) bead and red glass bead necklace, gold rhodium barrel twist closure


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Five coyote teeth (4 are 1-3/8" long, bottom tooth is 1-3/4" long) on 20" white cow bone bead & black onyx bead necklace, gold rhodium barrel twist closure 

$46  SOLD

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Five coyote teeth (all 1-5/8" long) on 18" white cow bone bead (large rondells) and black onyx round beads, silver rhodium barrel clasp closure


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Five coyote teeth (all 1-5/8" long) on 20" white cow bone bead (medium rondell) and red round glass beads, gold rhodium barrel twist closure

$44  SOLD

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One coyote tooth (1-3/4") on 20" hematite (small rondell) and New Zealand blue coral round beads, silver rhodium barrel twist closure

$38  SOLD



  Natural coyote teeth from legal hunting, using 100% of the animal.



5 Coyote tooth and 12 coyote claw necklace
Teeth are 1-1/2" long
Claws are 3/4 to 7/8" long
Brown cow bone bead/faceted golden tiger's eye gem bead necklace 30" long

$95  SOLD



Natural coyote claws from legal hunting, using 100% of the animal.  Teeth are 1-3/8" long on Gold alloy hypoallergenic French wire earrings

#W30-105  (-0- available)  $26  SOLD


Natural coyote claws from legal hunting, using 100% of the animal.  Gold alloy hypoallergenic French wire earrings


3/4” long (linear)



3/4” long (linear)



on gold hypoallergenic French wire earrings


Pair of muskrat jaws, 1-5/8” long (linear)

$20  SOLD


Pair of muskrat jaws, 1-3/4” long (linear)

$20  SOLD


Silver alloy French wire earrings


1-3/8” long (linear)

$18  SOLD


This is the quill that rattles when shaken by the porcupine. Very rare to have these to offer for sale. They are hollow, tapping them together creates the rattling sound.
Can be used for arts & crafts projects or jewelry.
Average size of quill: 2-3/4"
Acquired from Dr. Gordon Hubbell

(Erethizon dorsatum)
The North American porcupine also known as the Canadian porcupine, is a large quill-covered
rodent in the New World porcupine family. It is the second largest rodent in North America
after the North American beaver (Castor canadensis). The porcupine is a caviomorph rodent whose ancestors crossed the Atlantic from Africa to Brazil 30 million years ago and then migrated to North America during the Great American Interchange after the Isthmus of Panama rose 3 million years ago.

#W32-10  $15

#W32-11  $15

#W32-12  $15

#W32-13  $15

#W32-14  $15

#W32-15  $15

#W32-16  $15

#W32-17  $15

#W32-18  $15

#W32-19  $15

#W32-20  $15

#W32-21  $15

#W32-22  $15

#W32-23  $15

#W32-24  $15


Genuine water buffalo tooth, drilled and made into a pendant and made into a necklace.  They are worn for STRENGTH and STAMINA (very much like the Water Buffalo itself).  The water buffalo or domestic Asian water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) is a large bovine animal, frequently used as livestock in Asia, and also widely in South America, Southern Europe, North Africa, elsewhere.  There are 158 million water buffalo worldwide, 97% of the population is in Asia.

Natural teeth may be smooth or have incomplete enamel but there are no cracks, all are stable & strong.

Teeth are 2-1/4" long, on 20" necklaces

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Hematite with green jade beads  $38

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Hematite with pumpkin shaped tiger eye beads  $38  SOLD

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Hematite and orange carnelian beads  $38

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Hematite and purple amethyst beads  $38  SOLD

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Hematite and red glass beads  $38  SOLD

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Hematite and opaque red glass beads  $38

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Black and white bone beads  $34

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Black cotton cord necklace with silver tone beads

$28  SOLD
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Black and white bone beads  $34  SOLD
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White bone and Chinese turquoise beads  $34  SOLD

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Three tooth necklace ( 1 2-1/4" and 2 1-7/8" teeth) with white bone with red glass beads



Combination necklace of
Water buffalo tooth 2” long (bottom)
Four fossil walrus teeth (2 are 1-5/8”, 2 are 1-1/2”)
Six porcupine claws (average 1-3/4” long linear)
on 32” necklace of cow bone beads (6mm round and 12x6 mm oval)
Gold alloy barrel twist closure


Click here to see the Fossil Walrus tooth Necklaces
Series #AK-NECK - pg 2 Alaska



Stunning look that will have everyone guessing!  Badgers are known for their digging capabilities, now you can see why!  These are natural claws acquired by legal hunting that uses 100% of the animal.

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#W-40-10  ONE badger claw 1-7/8" long on antiqued cow bone beads, purple amethyst and Chinese turquoise beads, 20" long  $30

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#W-40-11  THREE badger claw (one 1-7/8" and two 1-5/8" long) on antiqued cow bone and green jade beads, 20" long  $38

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#W-40-12  ONE badger claw 1-3/4" long on antiqued cow bone beads, green jade beads, 20" long  $30

#W-40-16  FIVE badger claw (one 2-1/8", two 1-7/8", and two 1-5/8" long) on white cow bone beads and red glass beads, 20" long 


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#W-40-18  ONE RARE white badger claw 2" long on antiqued cow bone beads and tiger-eye beads, 19" long 

$36  SOLD

#W-40-21  ONE CLAW NECKLACE, One 2-1/8" claw on 20" brown cow bone bead, red bamboo coral beads (round & bamboo shapes) with gold tone barrel twist closure



#W40-23 THREE CLAW NECKLACE, One 1-7/8", two 1-3/8" claws, on 20" brown cow bone bead, round red bamboo coral bead necklace, gold tone barrel twist closure

(2 available)



#W40-24 ONE CLAW NECKLACE, One 2" claw on 20" brown cow bone bead, red bamboo coral beads (round & bamboo shaped) necklace, with gold tone barrel twist closure

$32  SOLD


#W40-25  ONE CLAW NECKLACE, One 2-1/8" claw on 20" natural cow bone, red bamboo coral (round & bamboo shaped) beads, gold tone barrel twist closure

(5 available)



#W40-26  FIVE  CLAW NECKLACE, One 2-1/8, four 1-7/8" claws, on 20" natural cow bone and round red coral bead necklace, gold tone barrel twist closure

(2 available)


#W40-27  ONE CLAW NECKLACE, One 2" claw on 20" natural cow bone bead, red bamboo coral round & bamboo shaped bamboo coral beads, gold tone barrel twist closure

(5 available)



THREE CLAW NECKLACE, One 2" and two 1-5/8" claws on 20" natural cow bone beads, round red bamboo coral beads, gold tone barrel twist closure

(7 available)



Combination necklace of
Four fossil walrus teeth (two are 1-5/8”, two are 1-1/4”)
Six porcupine claws (average 1-3/4” long)
on 34” necklace of cow bone beads (6mm round, 14x7 antique white oval, and 5x2 dark brown flat rondell cow bone beads
Gold barrel twist closure



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worn by a smiling Glenn !

Glenn acquired  this very rare FIJI TRIBAL CHIEFTAIN NECK PIECE from a lady that owned a small museum located in Glenalg, just outside of Adelaide, South Australia, while he was visiting Rodney Fox the world renowned shark expert in March of 1993. This was quite the conversation piece at dinner one night at the Fox's.  It is made of three sperm whale teeth measuring 7", 5.5", and 5", with an etching or hieroglyphics on the largest (bottom) tooth.  The museum owner's husband was presented this piece in the early 1940's while visiting Fiji to acquire native art objects for their museum.  Glenn acquired this at the time the museum was liquidating its collection due to the owner's failing health after her husband's death.
Glenn has a reputation for finding the strange and unusual items that he has in his collection from his worldly travels to 54 different countries. Rodney was amazed that this item was right here in his own town. It just goes to show you that treasures can be found right in your own back yard.
Glenn has since attempted to find a museum back in Fiji that would like to acquire this for their collection, but to no avail, as he was told there were no funds available for such an acquisition of this nature.  When found, these items are several to tens of thousands of dollars.


Not for sale (consider SOLD) Valued at $4800.00



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The ultimate Valentine's Day "Gift", Glenn was using the hot glue gun and accidently touched the side of his hand into two drops of hot glue which made a heart, around Jan. 31, 2004, close enough to Feb. 14 to make it an interesting coincidence.  



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This is a house made entirely of genuine DINOSAUR BONE!  No kidding!  It's in Medicine Bow, Wyoming.  Look on either side of the "Fossil Cabin" sign for dinosaur leg bones that are the most obvious, but we checked it out and it's for real!  Ripley's calls it the "Oldest House in the World", the house that "walked 175 million years ago".  Is that cool or what?



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This is a GIGANTIC 650 pound carving of a dragon turtle within the boulder, still attached inside!  Chinese artwork, estimated circa 1950's by Tsui Tsan Pin of Chekiang Providence.  Measures about a yard long, 18" wide and high.  WOWS every single person that stepped into our store (we no longer have a storefront, he now graces the foyer of our home as you can see on our home page).  Detail of carving, natural color contrasts from outside to inside of boulder (Chinese native soapstone) and sheer SIZE commands your attention!  We call it "The Ancient One".  Extremely important good luck symbol for  the Chinese -  they generally leave money at his feet and sometimes bow and back away when leaving.  The dragon turtle is also considered an important feng shui symbolism.  It was carved in an isolated area in the Province of Chekiang.


This is in our personal collection, Not for sale, consider SOLD  Valued at: $28,000

If you enjoy Mr. Turtle as much as we do, you can now purchase a reconstituted marble, molded mini version that is REMARKABLE on our Gem Animals page 5, click here:  Gem Animals Page 5



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Shrunken heads from Ecuador (actually it's goatskin that's been dampened and stretched over a wooden face form where it shrunk and dried, was cut away from the form, and hair shaved away, lips sewn shut.  Pretty weird, wouldn't you say?)  Here's more photos of museum quality goat skin shrunken heads we have handled in the past:

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We no longer sell Shrunken Heads, but we recommend you go to this site to buy:




Shrinking a head to the size of a baseball is a grisly but fascinating custom. The people of South America known as the "Jivaro" in Ecuador, Peru and Brazil are well known for shrinking the heads of their enemies.  This practice dates back to 200 B.C.  Raids on alien tribes are carried out specifically to secure "tsantsas", or shrunken head trophies.  The attacks are usually small and carried out on one house where the victim may be caught unawares.  Although the heads of men, women and children are taken, it is more frequently an adult warrior's head that is sought.  The trophies bring prestige to the head takers and trap the "avenging" or "miusak" souls of their victims, giving the taker power and prevention of vengeance against them.

The first step is the removal of the head.  The skin is cut around the top parts of the chest and back, and the head is cut off close to the collar bone.  The head taker then passes a vine through the head to carry it, and makes a fast retreat.  The head is prepared over 5 or 6 days during brief stops on the return home.  A slit is made in the back of the head, and the skin is carefully removed from the skull.  The skull is thrown into the river as a "gift to the anaconda".  The skin is then boiled in plain water or an herbal solution for half an hour.  By now it is half its original size.  It is then placed over a stick and left to dry.

The skin is now turned inside out, and any remaining flesh is scraped away.  It is turned right side out again, and the slip in the back is sewn together and the mouth is tied shut, sometimes the eyes being sewn shut as well.  Several small rocks are heated in a fire and placed into the skin.  They are rolled around inside until cool, dumped, and the process is repeated until the tsantsa has shrunk too much to accommodate the stones.  Hot sand is used to continue the shrinking.  It may be hung over a smoldering fire overnight which turns the color from yellowish to black.  It may be polished with ash as well.  At this time, the head is shaped and a hot knife pressed against the mouth to dry it.  Throughout the shrinking process, the neck must be drawn closed with a string that has been sewn through it, so it will remain proportionate to the head.

The warriors enter the home village with the shrunken heads tied around their necks.  Then the tsantsa rituals begin again...there was a time when these warriors found a commercial gain from selling the heads, and made forays to other tribes for this purpose.  Governments worldwide wisely banned the sale or purchase of real shrunken heads, except for the purpose of display in limited museums.  

So now you know the story of the REAL shrunken heads!

Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, a genuine shrunken head:

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I apologize for the low quality of the picture, but it was quite dark - I should have used a flash!  But you get the idea.  Ripley's owns the largest collection of genuine shrunken heads in the world.  

Here's a better photo of a REAL shrunken head...

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There's even a comprehensive book available now about genuine shrunken heads (runs about $75) that can be obtained from the Malter Galleries Inc. (go online to find the company).

Finally, if you want to see MORE REAL SHRUNKEN HEADS...



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This is an old buffalo vertebrae with a genuine Indian arrowhead protruding from the spinal column.  Good shot!  

$135  SOLD



Now individually photographed for sale, link below

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 Three-eyed Wally - our freeze-dried gator head from the bayous in Louisiana (part of our personal collection, this one is not for sale).  

Deformities such as this (a Siamese twin - see the extra upper jaw? --even an extra hole where the 4th eye would have been?) occurred when the oil companies in the 1930's took the byproduct of oil (dioxin), put it in barrels and buried it in the swamps.  It leaked into the water and caused this and other oddities.  

Glenn actually has about 380 heads in the collection  that documents this pollution by man.  We can learn from this!   See more close up photos of the collection on the Gators page 6  

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Fossilized juvenile walrus oosik, polished, 9" long.   (penis bone).  Some animals, such as seal, sea lion, polar bear, walrus and raccoon do have a real bone, as you see.  How odd is that?  SOLD.    More available on the Oosiks  page (Fossils page 6).



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   This is a REAL ostrich chick, taxidermied when it died at birth at an ostrich farm in California.  It is mounted on a composite base with the egg, and is 17" long x 10" wide x 7" high.  SOLD 3/18/02.  We'll leave the picture for you to enjoy!


ONE OF THE WEIRD COLLECTIONS IN THE STORE WE HAD (now our home is called the Weird Museum, I wonder why?)

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This is one of our oddity displays in our store to give you an idea of what we have - FIRST photo - a genuine dinosaur egg, mud concretions from a glacier, strange stones formed by lightning, deformed gator feet & our famous 3-eyed Wally gator, also a blind gator; 

SECOND photo - Pre-Columbian terra cotta necklaces and also beads used in their SLUG worship, human tooth beads; and..are those REAL modern human teeth there?..only the store owners know for sure...then there's our buffalo vertebrae with the arrowhead through to the spinal column, and fossil tree branches from Alaska;

THIRD photo - Our famous Mugwump formation from Area 51 (inverted, it was caused from rainfall that solidified the sand into a type of concretion - but we like to think it was an alien creation to keep the mystery alive!); also our menacing black scorpion, and the emerald beetle made into jewelry after it's eaten.

FOURTH photo - Our Sperm whale tooth chieftan's necklace with etchings made by the natives, and giant stingray barbs (fresh) from Australia.

We've got another large display of identified fossils, (see Fossils pages) and another of unusual gemstones (Rocks & Minerals pages). 


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You'll never guess what this is in a million years! .... give up?  It's the bleached skeleton of a GLASS SPONGE called the Venus Flower Basket (Euplectella aspergillum, phylum Porifera), belonging to a small group of glass sponges (Hexactinellida).  

This sponge lives 1500 to 15,000 feet under the waters of the western Pacific around the Phillipine Islands and Japan.  With a cruel twist of fate, pairs of small shrimp (spongicola) swim through the sieve in the top into the "bridal chamber" and enjoy meals that come through the sieve.  However, the shrimp couple grow too big to get out - the home becomes a jail - but they live happily there, producing young that leave the "home" and find a sponge of their own with their own "bride" or "groom".  The shrimp couple dies together in the sponge, so it becomes their burial coffin as well. 

For centuries, this skeleton of the glass sponge, with its pair of tiny dried shrimp imprisoned inside, was prized as a wedding gift in Japan.  Newlyweds regarded it as a symbol of a long life together into old age and into the same grave.  

One of the more unusual "wedding gifts" we've seen!

How does it form this glass? The sponge extracts silicic acid from seawater and converts it into silica, then forms it into an elaborate skeleton of glass fibers. The sponge's low-temperature process for creating and arranging such fibers may be a useful technology in the fiber optics industry, due to the fact that only high temperature methods are used in this industry now.

RARE LARGE SIZE of between 8 and 10-1/2"; there is a natural mud/sand base where it was removed from the sea floor; considerable variation in curvature and how it stands on the table or lays down.  Suitable for display in a glass dome or low two-prong display stand (not included).  

(We were erroneously told a few months ago that these were endangered, however, they are NOT endangered, they are thriving well.)

individually photographed

AVERAGE 7 to 8" long

#W80-2  $32  SOLD
LARGE 9 to 10" long

#W80-61  $37  SOLD

EXTRA LARGE 12 to 16" long


13-1/2”  $49


13”  $49


14-1/4”  $51


13”  $49


14”  $52


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(Corculum cardissa)
An amazing, delicate-looking but extremely sturdy shell in the natural shape of a heart, often given as an appropriately romantic gift.  The family Cardiidae is one of the largest and best-known of bivalves. There are over 200 living cockle species and many more fossil forms.

Strong, compact, and heart-shaped, the cockle shell can be rolled over the sands and banged about without any damage to the live mollusc. Its siphons are short, and the foot is also well developed --indeed capable of moving the animal about in short leaps at the surface, where it normally lives. In many cockles, the siphons also bear light receptors.
Shell features are: completely symmetrical and equal sized valves; prominent umbones; strong radial ribs, which in some species carry spines; equal size muscle scars; no pallial sinus; and, two cardinal teeth in each valve. The internal margin of the lip may vary from lightly serrated to the definitely crenulated edge view, shown in the two species at right.
Found:  Indo-Pacific
Classification: Bivalvia
Subclass: Pteriomorphia
Order:  Veneroida
Superfamily: Cardiacea
Family:  Cardiidae

One of my favorite shells, a lovely natural heart shape.   It is quite flat with a bulge in the center, totally flat on the back, really no opening to speak of. 

(4 available)




Kudzu vine basket, handmade
Vintage, est. 1960's
vines are nailed to the round wood base which is 2" thick x 4-3/4" diameter.
Wonderfully unusual, and a tribute to the invasive yet intriguing vine that has taken over the South.

Measures 12x13" wide x 12" tall

Weight: 1 pound 14.5 ounces



#W-182.  This tree trunk of solid teak is NINE FEET long x Two feet high x 5 to 11" thick variation.  It was carved in Thailand with 20 elephants, all still part of the tree trunk.  We estimate its weight at 300 pounds.  We have mounted it on our bedroom wall on a custom made oak book case with a solid wood top to support its weight:

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Valued at $7,800  SOLD  considered not for sale

To accompany the elephant teak log, we purchased this two elephant head carving (also of teak) that even has EYELASHES on it, it is stunning (not for sale):

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#W-183.  (continued from above).  Behind every BRAIN, there's a (hmmm)...a YOU-KNOW WHAT!  I'm sure we'll get a lot of mileage out of this highly unusual, natural specimen of brain coral, don't you think?  

Not for sale, consider SOLD Valued at $275.00


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(Fungia Scutaria), also called Plate coral or Fungus coral.  This beautiful specimen Heidi received by trading items with a friend.  It is 13" long.  Neat.



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#W-184. Formed when mud oozed into a bubble formed under the glacial ice, then hardened and fossilized into this bubble shape.  Photos show top and bottom.  Measures 4" x 4-3/4" x 2".

$35  SOLD


The answer to the weird thing in the yellow box above?

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It's a genuine ALLIGATOR TONGUE.  Remember, when alligators are legally hunted and processed, 100% of it is used.  Nothing is wasted.  These are often made into WALLETS.


Our latest mystery SOLVED-SEE BELOW  Here's a common Queen Anne's Lace weed, photo sent by Tobi in Ohio.  

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She relates: "The flowers grow wild everywhere and have big, flat heads with tons of tiny petals on top.  I was walking one day and found one that was fluorescent orange.  I picked it because I was afraid they would come mow and it would be lost.  It almost looked like it had been spray painted, but closer inspection showed it was the real color.  I called a botanist at the University of Akron about it, but no one returned my call.

The second flower down on that stalk was already showing the same orange color, but more muted.  I don't know what could be in the soil, it is near buried power lines, and close to a natural wetland area.  When I looked it up in the flower book and saw that it was in the carrot family

Anyone know what in the soil would cause this, or is this just a natural variation?

SOLVED, thanks to our great customer SANDRA.  She relates: "Being an avid gardener and having had past love/hate relationships with Queen Anne's Lace, I was surprised by the color myself.  I've seen very light pink but not orange.  I'd be interested in finding something like that someday and saving the seeds.  I might fall in love with Queen Anne's Lace again!

I've always thought you and Glenn must have the best jobs on the planet.  Sure it's work but just the experiences and learning...makes my mind spin!"  (Indeed we feel lucky, Sandra, and we learn from our customers every single day.  Thanks!  Heidi)

She also gave links to the Carrot Museum for further investigation:


The curator responded likewise, adding that the wild carrot in the U.S.A. did appear and colonize from the seeds of cultivated carrots brought by the settlers spreading into the countryside and eventually turning back to their wild form, so I can only guess it could be a throw back.  But if this is so, then it does not stack up with current carrot flowers, irrespective of their root color, always being white.  It could be something in the soil nutrients. 



Our friend Hal brought us a framed set of two shell specimens that no one in the Fossil Shell club here in Myrtle Beach can identify.  It was found on the Atlantic shore of North Carolina, both are about 5" long, the operculums intact on both. 

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2/24/07 update!  Research by one in the Myrtle Beach Fossil Club brought up the following:

It is a Hippoporidra-edax

Bryozoa/Cleidochasmatidae (found 120 to 180 feet in Florida waters.  Hermit crabs live in them).  Here's a link to a photo of that specimen found through internet research:


Great sleuthing!

This is a rare BUSYCON CANALICULATUM CHANNELED WHELK.  The rare part is that it is LEFT-HANDED (or sinistral).  It measures a linear 6-1/4" long x 3-3/4" wide.  It just sold for $380, we are honored to have been part of the transferrance of this rare item to an appreciative new owner.

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Here is a photo of the usual Right-handed Channeled whelk in the Seashells of North America book:

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The only left-handed whelks we know of are the Lightning Whelk and the Perverse Whelk, as shown in this publication: "Seashells of North America":

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We sold it for $380 to Mark in Charleston.  Here is Hal, a friend of Helen Tilley who owns the shell, transferring it to Heidi to ship out to Mark today (2/27/07.

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10/05/08  TODAY'S MYSTERY?

Friends found these bones on the shores of an island near Myrtle Beach SC.  Are the turtle plastrons (belly bones) or what?  They measure 3-5" across.

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If you know for sure, give us a shout!



This website shows many pictures and sketches of very similar plastrons. 



You can see that what they found were two Hyo plastrons and one Hypo.  Now,
from what species of turtle these are, I do not know.

A detailed website for ANYONE interested in turtles.  


But on the next page is our BLUE RIBBON WEIRDEST DISPLAY...

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