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Antiquities, Artifacts, Art

An eclectic collection gathered by family members and the curators of the Collection



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Native American Relics

American Colonial

Asian Art

Civil War Relics


& Roman Artifacts

Misc. Collectibles


Paleolithic Neolithic Artifacts

"Old World"

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South Pacific Items


Cap Guns

Model Trains


Other Creekbed Websites

The Cuyamaca /

Mountain Cameras

Sherilton Valley  Weather Station



South Pacific Items



High quality hardwood hand carved turtle treasure box/bowl with lid, from Samoa.

Collected in Pago Pago, American Samoa -  1948


Tapa Cloths

Tapa cloth (or simply tapa) is a bark cloth made in the islands of the Pacific Ocean, primarily in Tonga and Samoa, but as far afield as Java, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Hawaii.

Tapa can be painted. The patterns of Tongan, Samoan, and Fijian tapa usually form a grid of squares, each of which contains geometrical patterns with repeated motifs such as fish and plants, for example four stylised leaves forming a diagonal cross. Traditional dyes are usually black and rust-brown, although other colours are also known.

Tapa cloth is also known as "bark cloth," because that's just what it is. It is cloth made from tree bark. It's usually from a mulberry tree (Broussonetia papyrifera).




Cat's Eye Shells

8 of 30 Collected in American Samoa during 1948 by the Horne family.  Sizes from 1/2" to 1"

Cat's Eye shells -- each one the operculum or foot-closure of a sea-snail called a Turban Shell or Turbo -- are widely used in Europe and the Middle East for protection against the evil eye, no doubt because they themselves resemble eyes.

Often made into buttons and pendants.


Kava Bowl

Small (4" diameter 1-3/4" high) Samoan wood Kava Bowl, collected in 1948

Kava is an all natural soothing and calming beverage powder made from theroots of the Kava plant. Once the roots are harvested they are sun dried andground into powder.







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