and written research by Steelgohst
In the Autumn of 2007, The Unknown Box
received by the Pyramid-Gallery from an anonymous donor. It
the mail without fanfare, wrapped in pages from the Arabic
Taped to the top of the box was a brief note that
it, I have lost too much already. But do not be tempted.
Sad are only those who understand."
Two years of intensive research have made clear the following
– absolutely nothing is known about the history of this
box. It has never been auctioned or sold anywhere in the
that we can
yet discover. It has no chapter in LeMarchand's
an eighteenth century tome which catalogs the early works
LeMarchand produced in France, nor does it appear in any of the other
LeMarchand reference materials that we have, and we have access to
It is, however, clearly based on a LeMarchand piece.
places it firmly in the correct time period, the silver "gateways"
LeMarchand's, used in several of his works. Familiar design
elements make it instantly recognizable, and yet it's past is one of
Microscopic analysis of it's surface using ultraviolet light have
minuscule amounts of blood on all of its sides, but other than that it
seems to be almost impossibly clean.
2008 brought us news of a recent killing in Bahrain, supposedly
connected to The Unknown Box mailed
Pyramid-Gallery. The remains of "a shredded and
were found in a small room over an antiques store in Al Muharraq.
Among the meager
possessions found in the room was a photograph of The
torn and bloodstained, with the address of the Pyramid-Gallery
scrawled on it's back. The condition of the cadaver has made
identification impossible, meaning that investigation of the box would
appear to have reached a dead end.
August of 2008,
Brandon Joseph, former head of new acquisitions research for NG
Industries, revealed to
Pyramid-Gallery that Captain
Nathan Green deconstructed and
re-assembled the original Unknown Box
created by Philip
exterior being totally identical to the original, but
the method of opening being entirely new."
purpose of this re-working is to close the gateways opened by a
Lemarchand Box, or defeat creatures which may have already entered our
world through them, in much the same way that Lemarchand's own Box
is supposed to have protected Lemarchand himself.
Joseph assured our gallery that a recent disclosure of the autopsy
report for the
shredded body found in Al Muharraq indicates that the remains may not
have been wholly human. Pyramid-Gallery has been cleared of
allegations, and can now finally speak freely concerning the existence
and alleged purpose of The Unknown Box.
This student "deconstruction and re-assembling" of past works
seems to be a common trait among the box makers. Philip
LeMarchand not only reconstructed his
version of Albertus' Box of Gateways,
but he also reproduced The
which was first created by Indonesian craftsmen in the late bronze age
(2500 B.C.). LeMarchand was also admittedly influenced by the
work of the Rosicrucian Reiss