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  • Fornasetti foot ornament
    Foot Ornament

    A realistic replica of a full-size foot in a sandal seems like a strange choice of ornament for the average home. But feet and shoes have been popular ornaments for centuries.

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  • Ferock vase
    Ferock Pottery Vase

    Ferock is a name that appears on art pottery but is not well known. In 2012 a vase marked “Ferock” was sold at a Humler & Nolan auction in Cincinnati for $2,760.

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  • Commode

    A small table next to the bed is necessary today to hold a lamp, cell phone, clock and perhaps a book, eyeglasses and tissues. But in past centuries the table might have held a candlestick with a handle to carry to the bedroom for light.

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  • Pick axe pin
    Pick Axe Brooch

    Jewelry has been worn for centuries as “totems,” religious or good luck pieces, or just to add beauty and color to an outfit. Brooches, often called “pins,” were made in many sizes and shapes.

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  • Advertising sign
    Advertising Sign

    Collectors like advertising signs and packages. In the 1950s when restaurants began decorating with old signs, they wanted material from the 19th century with graphics that featured...


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  • McKinley campaign button
    Campaign Button

    Political slogans and pictures from the past can sometimes be confusing because modern times suggest a different meaning.





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