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This 13-inch-long 1795 Spode tureen is too useful to throw away, so it was repaired with 23 staples in the lid and 33 staples in the bowl. The repair must have been expensive, but a tureen that matched a dinner set was saved. The tureen was offered for sale at The Ames Gallery of Berkeley, Calif.Recycling and reusing is not a new idea. In the 18th century, well-to-do European and American famil....



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