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  • Sevres-style urn, Jacob Petit
    Jacob Petit



    Jacob Petit (1796-1868) was a talented porcelain painter who worked for the Sevres factory in France. Petit opened his own shop near Paris sometime after 1830....

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  • Palmer Cox Brownie
    Palmer Cox Brownies

    In the days before Disney, many imaginary sprites that excited children’s imaginations could be found in books. In 1881 Palmer Cox wrote an illustrated story about a group of characters called “Brownies”....

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  • Beer stein
    Beer Stein

    Beer steins have long been popular. Today’s stein is a beer container with a hinged lid....

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  • Wool winder
    What's a Weasel?

    What’s a weasel? When the nursery rhyme “Pop Goes the Weasel” was composed, everyone knew the “weasel” of the title referred to....

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  • Wedding Cup
    Wedding Cup

    The wedding cup that looks like a woman holding a swiveling cup above her head is showing up at modern wedding celebrations....

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  • Steiff Felix the Cat
    Steiff Toy Company

    Antique collectors who do research know that important companies grow from small companies with very talented founders who solved both personal and business problems....

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