The bird skull is definitely a seagull, which was my original guess! And the majority of the teeth/the larger part of the jaw are from a coyote. There is however a smaller jaw fragment that I believe to be a raccoon. The teeth are all in very nice condition, I’d really like to do something with them at some point…I’m lucky to have such thoughtful friends.
I had a long, busy weekend. I was visited by my oldest friend, and she stayed with me for a few days. Today she went back home, but I’ll be seeing her again soon! Earlier this afternoon I went to Seattle, played with some rather cuddly kittens, and watched There Will Be Blood. And one of my dearest friends brought me some bones from her camping trip! She brought back a bird skull, a few pieces of jawbone, and some assorted teeth. Time to start identifying them! I hope you are all doing well!
We have a lot in common! I have a soft spot for everything you mentioned. Like you, I've always loved things from the natural world, especially, I think, because my mother is partly Native American and I grew up surrounded with those kinds of things. I didn't become interested in cabinets of curiosities until the end of high school, though. I particularly like shelf mushrooms, bones, ammonite fossils, sea shells, nests, and insects. My only piece of taxidermy is a medium-sized black bird I found on ebay. I still haven't found anything to mount it on! I would love, love, love to own more, especially Victorian taxidermy. Someday I want an albino fawn, a white peacock, lots of birds, and an original Polly Morgan. :)
I also collect Victorian mourning paraphernalia. I have two fans, one larget jet cameo, two hair pins, handkerchiefs, a veil, two casket plates, and memorial carte de visites and cabinet cards. No post-mortem photos or big hair art, yet. Money has been really tight for me these past two years, so I try to spend as little as I can. A hair wreath in a shadow box is high on my list of collecting priorities.
Lastly, collect medical oddities, antique religious items like sacred hearts, last rites kits, & ex votos, posion bottles, anything drug-related, and antique photos and photo albums. In general, I love -anything from the 19th century, especially things associated with the art nouveau, aesthetic, and symbolist/decadent movements.
You can view some of my things here:
I should really take more pictures. You should too! I love sharing.
Wow, we certainly do! Though the difference in that being your collection looks rather lovely and mine is….scattered, haha. I am moving this summer and will be acquiring some new furniture, and a decent curio cabinet is at the top of my list!
Your taxidermy wish list is almost identical to mine, haha. I love love love birds. I’m currently considering what I believe to be a ptarmigan, but white peacock would basically be the pinnacle of my collection. Actually, an albino fawn would be too. And an original Polly Morgan! I would just die!
Oh, that is just fantastic! I’d love to be able to save up for a large piece of hair art. Though I always feel guilty about large purchases!
Once I move, I’m afraid all I will be doing is taking photos of my collection. I unfortunately do not have a camera, so I have to use my webcam…but my room is extremely dark, so every picture I take is the product of me dragging items into my kitchen where it is well-lit, haha! I will be taking more pictures of individual items at least!