This term is derived from the word, ‘curiosity cabinet’. It refers to a structure or case piece that has panel, glass doors and shelves. A curio is a predominantly glass cabinet with a metal or wood framework used to display collections of some antique pieces. Most curios feature glass on each side, or possibly a mirror at the back, and glass shelves to show the entire figurine. A curio may also be used to display a large display item or other object of special interest.
A curio is a specialized type of display case. It may be horizontal, for displaying some extraordinary designs and attracting lot of attention. This piece of furniture is used to best display collectibles, decoration items, knick knacks and various kinds of small items that adorn a room. It is mainly placed in the living room. A curio prevents dust and vermin from destroying the value of the collection.