Terry and Kim Kovel

Correct marks make all the difference in figurines’ value

A pair of authentic 7½-inch-high figures of a Sultan and Sultana sold at recently for $1,220.

America’s first symbol, Miss Liberty, is all but forgotten

She held a sword, wreath, shield decorated with stars and stripes, and wore the Phrygian liberty cap.

Wine-tasting table was probably never used when tasting wine

It’s now known to be a tea or dessert table that held plates, cups, saucers and food for a meal.

Nantucket lightship crew made baskets to stave off boredom

The rare lollipop basket features a top rim with round pieces that look like little lollipops.

Rare optician’s eye test chart was made in the 19th century

The chart priced at $2,200 has a metal lamp visor and a linen scroll with letters of different sizes.

Hires Root Beer ad, made in the 1920s, features a flapper girl

But most of Hires ads had few pictures, just descriptions of its health values or the good shape.

Solve the puzzle to drink from this pitcher without spilling

The elaborately decorated vessel with a hidden “straw” was made in Budapest, Hungary, in about 1895.

Vintage flag made of crocheted crepe paper sold for $344

The 48-star banner was probably made to display at a Forth of July or “Welcome Home Soldier” party.

Kem Weber was modernism’s leading West Coast proponent

The modern architect and designer was most known for creating the sleek “Airline” chair.

Antique schoolboy ‘penny toy’ made in Germany sold for $840

The child’s arm moves and opens the top of the desk to show candy hidden inside.

We can thank the Shaker religious community for seed packets

Their innovation led to seed tape, whose turn-of-the-century packaging is coveted today.

A Roman goddess was the inspiration behind Britannia’s look

Britain’s personification wears a Corinthian helmet, carries a spear and has a lion at her feet.

This ceramic parrot concealed an early radio’s loudspeaker

The rare bird statue hid the working parts of a 1927 radio and was a substitute for a large horn.

Antique beds can be used today — with some customization

They’re shorter and narrower than today’s beds, but antique headboards and footboards can be used.

17th-century voters cast marbles instead of paper ballots

You’d be given black and white marbles. To vote no, a black marble was dropped in the box.

Do you have any furniture made by Mitchell & Rammelsberg?

The company made top-quality Victorian pieces in Cincinnati from about 1847 to 1940.

Patriotic posters for American products sell for high prices

One selling American Family Soap and featuring Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty recently sold for $1,650.

Want to start a collection? Salt-and-pepper shakers are nice

Pick a theme — like animals, fruit or toys — and enjoy the hunt. Most sets cost less than $20.

Old phrenology heads with zones mapped out sell for over $500

It was believed long ago that each bump on the head correlated to a personality trait.

What is a whirligig? Antique collectors’ new favorite thing

The pinwheels or moving toys were very popular in the 1880s to 1900, and they are still being made.