The Art of Darkness

Hearse Aquarium

May 8th, 2014 by Cobwebs

AquariumHere’s another item that goes in the house of my dreams. It’s an aquarium cabinet made from the rear of a Victorian horse-drawn hearse.

I learned of its existence when a member of the FB Goth After 30 group posted that his wife had just purchased it at auction (are you insanely jealous? I am). I did a bit of googling and found the auction details (although that page now seems to be broken):

Large Victorian Ebonized Aquarium Cabinet, 19th century and later. Fashioned from the rear glazed doors of a New Orleans style horse drawn hearse, adapted on modern stand to accommodate tank, filter and lighting, all included, 80.5″ x 57″ x 41″ – 204.5 x 144.8 x 104.1 cm.

Someone with good woodworking skills could probably make a reasonably similar replica (or a reduced-scale version, since the full-sized one is enormous). It might also be possible to decorate a modern cabinet with faux wooden detailing carved from insulating foam of the sort used for prop tombstones). It’d certainly be an amazing focal point for a room, especially if it was decorated with miniature shipwrecks and stocked with black fish (or varieties, like glass catfish, where you can see all their bones). I guess you could go all-out and make it a piranha tank, too.

I’ve always loved the look of horse-drawn hearses, but had never considered their potential for displaying anything besides coffins. Repurposing one as an aquarium (or simply a curio cabinet) is just brilliant.

Bonus Link: Whilst I was looking for the auction info I also stumbled upon this cabinet which also has a distinctly hearsey vibe; I think it’s the oval windows.

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