Summer is the perfect time to sit outside and eat oysters on the half shell. The Victorians preferred to eat the delicacies from elegant plates that cradled the craggy shells. This oyster plate with a five-well “turkey” design sold at an Indiana auction. It’s a replica of one used by President Rutherford B. Hayes in the White House in the late 1800s. Go back in time and discover more pearls.

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