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This 1860s child’s plate has letters around the edge to teach the alphabet and a picture in the center to display a method of hunting seals. The plate sold at a Skinner auction in Boston for $148, below auction estimate, perhaps because the picture of a seal hunt is controversial today (photo courtesy of Skinner Inc., www.skinnerinc.com). Opinions change with time. Over the past 40 years it has become popular to “think green.” But ou....

 

 


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