Sometimes the things you find in the dark and untouched realms of the world are best left alone.  Like the basement of an old London orphanage.  Scheduled for demolition, this building served as home to a collection of nightmarish, otherwordly artifacts.  A collection that belonged to one Thomas Merrylin.

Thomas Merrylin was known for being a devout crypto-naturalist, fringe zoologist and xeno-archeologist, meaning he was entirely obsessed with the livelihood of strange, bizarre and mythical beings.

According to Alex CF, curator and custodian of the Merrylin Cryptid Collection, a trust was set up in 2006 to analyze and collate the large number of wooden crates that were found sealed in the basement of the London orphanage that was set to be demolished.  

Seemingly untouched since the 1940′s, the crates contained over 5000 specimens of flora and fauna, collected, dissected, and preserved by many forgotten scientists, professors and explorers of obscure cultures and species.”

“The collection also housed many artifacts of curious origin, fragments of civilizations that once ruled the earth, of ideas and belief systems perhaps better left in the past,” Alex adds.

While some of these creatures seem entirely fantastical in nature, Merrylin was a scientist, one whose father spent just as much as time as he did seeking out elusive artifacts and forgotten species from around the world.  

The pictures below are of a specimen classified as Homo Lumpus, otherwise known as a lycanthrope or werewolf.

“The prize possession of Edward Harrell, this specimen of a young adult male Lycanthrope was housed in Harrell’s home, in the centre of his Drawing room. Although how and where he obtained the werewolf was never fully explained, Edward treated it with the utmost respect, and was often found staring longingly at it,” notes Alex CF.

So, what do you think of his collection of items?  I know I wouldn’t be found digging around in these cryptic treasures at night.

h/t Earthables

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