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How Do You Display Your Collection?

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by e101011, Mar 27, 2021.

  1. e101011

    e101011 Member

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    Just wondering how everyone does their displays.
    A lot that I’ve seen online are just indecipherable piles of skulls on a shelf, or mixed in with various “oddities”.
    Personally, I use a combination of bookcases and 12x12x12 cube storage shelves, as well as slatwalls for wall-hanging specimens. I put as much as I can into individual display cases, the sort made for footballs, model cars and the like. For the most part things are separated; birds, fish, reptiles/amphibians together. Mammals generally divided by type; primates, canids, rodents, etc.
    Each has a little numbered paper with it to correspond with a database I keep with the measurements and such.
    Anyone have any suggestions or tips on any improvements I could potentially make?
     
  2. Great Skulls

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    Show pictures!
     

  3. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Don't start stacking things on the kitchen table. You rapidly run out of a space to eat.
     
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  4. e101011

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    It’s all in a bit of disarray at the moment, and I’m not a great photographer... but here you go.
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    tem and whitetails and fish only like this.
  5. e101011

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  6. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    That is a nice collection. The thought of dusting frightens me. :)
     
  7. Great Skulls

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    Love the sable and the neck mount on the alpaca and water deer. Did you do those yourself? Is that a Bactrian camel or two dromedaries?
     
  8. e101011

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    I didn’t do any of them myself with the exception of articulating a couple of the snakes and just minor shipping-damage repairs.
    One of each on the camels.
     
  9. Great Skulls

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    Very cool
     
  10. PablitoPescador

    PablitoPescador New Member

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    Amazing collection! It begs the question...how does one go about getting their hands on a human skull???
     
  11. e101011

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    Well, I’m a funeral director, so easy access! :)
    Really though, you can buy them online legally in most states. Those are normally medical or dental school specimens and are cut or marked for that purpose. Mine: got it from a guy who got it from a guy who got it from a guy....
     
  12. Great Skulls

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    Mother-in-law?
     
  13. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Easy enough to come by if you look around. I actually have two and a disarticulated skeleton in a box from a medical school. I used to have an articulated one ... and foolishly sold it years ago.
     
  14. donpablo

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    Nice! I love that small euro with the vertebrae. I only have a handful of euros and I'm working on getting them up on hookers (or cheap knock-offs). I saw (on here or another forum) end tables with an aquarium style display that looked pretty cool. Trying to decide whether to do that or a lamp to display a few for my dad.
     
  15. e101011

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    Not a bad idea, using aquariums... I’ve got a lot of them, actually. I bought a couple of retail display cases but they so heavy I just barely got them into my garage in Pennsylvania and the idea of moving them to my house in Virginia (yes, my life is a bit complicated...) is just offputting.
    I’d considered the hooker hooks, but I went with a slat wall setup instead. Seemed like it’d be more economical in the long-run. The 4x2 panels were about $40 each, smaller hooks about $1 each and the bigger double-hooks about $5 each. Problem is that the things with the big horns take up a lot of space, hence the gazelle and kudu being on the floor in the photos. I recently got a Pére David’s deer and an axis deer, which are also on the floor now. Watusi bull on its way from Europe, likely also destined for the floor right away. C’est la vie, I guess!
     
  16. skullman123

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    Here's mine!
     

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  17. e101011

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    I’m moving later this month... the thought of packing everything up is a bit daunting. But I’m going to have a lot more space. Looking forward to my Ossuary Room!
     
  18. Great Skulls

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    I've moved our collection of almost 1000 specimens a few times. My recommendation: a ton of toilet paper and wine boxes! The dividers in those boxes are the perfect size for many skulls and keep everything super secure.
     
  19. jfake

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    Beautiful collection
     
  20. e101011

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    Thanks for that tip... I don’t have wine boxes, but I do have boxes with dividers that are for urns, so same concept.
    My collection kind of pales in comparison to you 1,000+ and probably that of some others here. Mine is about 200, but I don’t have two of any one species with the exception of some different dog and sheep breeds.
    Strategizing the move, I’m actually planning to do the skulls first to get them out of the way.