I try really hard to assemble and display collections like these:
Stanley Barrows' collection of bronze dogs and furniture mounts. (For another post on Barrows, click here.)
Robert Metzger went so far as to design a lucite etagere for his shagreen collection which included clocks, matchbooks, and an opium pipe.
Lisa Taylor's grouping of interesting pens.
A cropped photo of Bill Blass' carved ivory crustaceans, a collection much revered by Blassophiles.
After seeing these photos, I realized that unfortunately, I'm just not there yet!
(All photos from LIVING WELL - THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF HOME DESIGN AND DECORATION)