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  • Walking doll
    Walking doll

    If a time machine could bring someone from that era to our Thanksgiving dinner today, there would be very little inside or outside the house that has not changed. Food, communication, transportation, houses and their contents and even toys might now be too complicated and look unfamiliar. Even dolls have been “modernized...

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  • Peachblow electric lamp
    Peachblow Kerosene-Style Electric Lamp

    The shape of a lamp was once determined by its power source. In the late 1890s when electricity was available in many homes, some lamps were designed for a light bulb that could be positioned to direct light down toward the top of a table. But manufacturers also created electric lamps that looked like old-style “kerosene” lamps...

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  • Chinese inkcake
    Chinese Inkcake

    For the past few years, auctions of Chinese antiques have attracted many bidders and high bids. The auctions have included many items that were not recognized by American bidders....

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  • Schafer & Vater decanter
    Puzzle Mug

    Put some fun into your collections and start hunting for old or new figurines, plates and drinking mugs that were meant to be jokes. Puzzle mugs date back to the...

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  • Mt. Washington sugar shaker
    Fig-Shaped Containers

    The first fig trees were brought to America from Spain in 1520. A ripe fig is very sweet, so it was often used when sugar was not available....

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  • Medical examining chair
    Medical Examining Chair

    Sometimes an unusual piece of furniture is offered for sale, and many collectors fight over it. A “Dr. Byrne’s Medical Examination Chair” was offered....

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