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Ripley Cabinet of Curiosities

Ripley cabinet
View of the open Ripley Cabinet

The Cabinet of Curiosities or Ripley Cabinet is a fine collectors cabinet made from mahogany with numerous drawers. William IV in date, it contains various things collected by Dr.Ripley 1788- 1856. The collection was carried on after his death by members of his family. The last item to be included was a leaflet from the 1940's which had been dropped on the moors to say the Germans were winning the battle of the Atlantic.

Drawer 5 Drawer 7
Ripley Cabinet - Drawer 5Ripley Cabinet - Drawer 7


The contents of the cabinet are very varied and include among many others:

The cabinet was left to the Museum by Miss Ellis in memory of her family and relatives in Whitby, the Ripley family.

Railway seal Pill box
Whitby Pickering Railway Seal Pill box containing cloth
from an Egyptian mummy