Tuesday, May 5, 2009
While wandering through les Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie comparée in Paris, I came across these cabinets. Wow, I thought - I wonder if you can still get these, and what they cost, and what else one might use them for.
Well, according to the American Museum of Natural History, "The older generation of specimen cabinets was often wooden, and it’s not uncommon for many collections to re-use old wooden drawers in modern steel cabinets." But current cabinets are generally made of steel. I'm sure it serves the purpose better, but it sure doesn't have the same lovely look! The photo above comes from Spacesaver, one of the companies making museum-quality specimen cabinets. For more examples, take a look at the Viking Metal Cabinets at Britannia Storage Systems.
But I did finally find places where you can get wood specimen cabinets - from some British cabinet makers. The cabinet above is a geological specimen cabinet from Chadwick End Cabinets.
And this entomological cabinet comes from Alan Wakefield, Bespoke Cabinet Maker.