Friday, June 5, 2009

Detritus from the Estate of Dr. Anton Phibes

After seeing some of the Arcanifacts that Scot has uncovered for others, I knew that I had to see if any personal possessions of the great Dr. Anton Phibes could be acquired. After a few weeks of anxious waiting, I finally received word that Scot had uncovered some evidence from the Phibes homicide case, which had originally been conducted by Scotland Yard. I was extremely excited as I picked up my package at the post office. I also wondered if I would fall under scrutiny by the authorities for my high interest in a still unsolved investigation.

I could not have been more pleased with my Arcanifact! Upon opening the package, I immediately saw a Victrola speaker. The speaker was the type the good doctor used to communicate after his terrible accident. (ALSO NOTE: Victoria's white opera glove.)



Next, I found the embalming bottle, with traces of embalming fluid. Was this indeed one of the same bottles used in Anton's sleep chamber?


Then, I opened the real treasure trove of the collection, a mysterious, old, red box. The handle of the box was Egyptian in design, as Phibes' himself held a special interest in Egypt.


The mirror in the top of the box had the initials of Victoria Regina Phibes. Many of the objects inside were obviously very important to her; a hat pin...


...and a valentine card and poem from Anton.



Two photos of the beautiful Victoria...


...a bat cuff link, and dried rose.


A newspaper clipping announcing the "death" of Dr. Phibes...



One of my personal favorite documents is the original telegram, notifying him that his wife had taken ill...


A concert program of one of Dr. Phibes rare personal appearances as a world renown organist...



...spring and clockwork gears, perhaps leftover parts from a robotic snake?


A jar with a locust, paired with a Brussels sprout...


Finally, I opened a large manila envelope. It contained an ancient page, written in Hebrew, depicting the 10 plagues of Egypt...


The whole collection is detailed in the Scotland Yard evidence report, signed by Detective Inspector Trout himself (NOTE: Phibes' calling card still bearing traces of melted candle wax!)
I can't begin to describe how pleased I am with my Arcanifact. The attention to detail, such as dates, names and locations is incredible. Now my challenge is to display my Arcanifact in a way that is fitting for such a collection.
Thanks again, Scot!

-Mike Chapman (St. Louis, MO)

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For more about the wonderfully Abominable Dr. Phibes, click HERE!