Monday 6 October 2008


I found this interesting little box at an antiques fair. Inside are some small fragments of glass and a neatly written label describing the contents. The Cripplegate Fire took place in London on November 19th 1897 and started as a result of a gas engine exploding at 30 Hemsel Street at the premises of Waller, Brown & Co. The fire spread between Aldersgate and Red Cross Road. The total cost of the damage was estimated to be £5,000,000 but no lives were lost.

Sunday 5 October 2008

Curious Things

Welcome to Petes Curios. This is my blog about my cabinet of curiosities. I will be posting many unusual items I have collected that are either strange or bizarre. You must look at a lot of the items in this blog through the eyes of an 18th or 19th century person. Nowadays people lack the imagination or they have the knowledge to explain everything. When these items were first collected be it a Fijian club or an Ancient Egyptian scarab, the people who were seeing them had no idea of the people, places or processes that created these items.