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Curio cabinets, or cabinets of curiosities, date back to the 16th century when they were frequently found in the homes of noblemen and wealthy merchants. The glass-faced cabinets were used to display collectibles, often natural history items, such as gemstones, fossils, taxidermied critters and small scale artwork. The charm of the curio cabinet has not faded, and today’s designs are perfect for self-appointed curators who wish to preserve and share their personal treasures.

1. Atrium display cabinet from CB2, $429

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2. FABRIKÖR glass-door cabinet from IKEA, $199

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3. French conservatory double-door cabinet from Restoration Hardware, $3,295

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4. Metal and glass curio box from One Kings Lane, $89

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5. Curio display cabinet from West Elm, $1,529

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6. Hanging curio cabinet from Anthropologie, $148 – $198

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7. Threshold Windham library cabinet from Target, $230

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