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American, Canadian slat-back chairs have subtle differences

American, Canadian slat-back chairs have subtle differences

The antique chairs from the 17th and early 18th centuries can fetch four figures at auctions.

American, Canadian slat-back chairs have subtle differences
This late 19th-century silver-plated lamp burned whale oil

This late 19th-century silver-plated lamp burned whale oil

It has it all — a silver-plated reflector brass pole, tools, moth reflector and a finial.

This late 19th-century silver-plated lamp burned whale oil
Christmas toys from Victorian times make for great decor

Christmas toys from Victorian times make for great decor

Do you have an antique Christmas board game? Prop it against the wall near your tree for decoration.

Christmas toys from Victorian times make for great decor
A note was found taped to the bottom of this birdcage rocker

A note was found taped to the bottom of this birdcage rocker

The writing traced the Windsor chair back to a Massachusetts woman who was hung as a witch.

A note was found taped to the bottom of this birdcage rocker
Miniature pool table is actually a match holder for a table

Miniature pool table is actually a match holder for a table

Did you know? There is a difference between a match strike, match safe, match case and match holder.

Miniature pool table is actually a match holder for a table
Devilish Krampus figure holds a basket of naughty children

Devilish Krampus figure holds a basket of naughty children

This evil man was part of German holiday lore for centuries, a frightening idea that was suppressed.

Devilish Krampus figure holds a basket of naughty children
Carved mermaid on hanging lamp fully clothed in 1900s fashion

Carved mermaid on hanging lamp fully clothed in 1900s fashion

Mermaids and mermen have been “seen” and pictured since the Babylonian era.

Carved mermaid on hanging lamp fully clothed in 1900s fashion
Antique obelisks made of rare Blue John stone and rock crystal

Antique obelisks made of rare Blue John stone and rock crystal

This form of mineral fluorite with bands of purplish-blue or yellow was found in the 18th century.

Antique obelisks made of rare Blue John stone and rock crystal
Even copies of Tiffany lamps can fetch big money

Even copies of Tiffany lamps can fetch big money

Lamps made by Philip Julius Handel in Meriden, Connecticut, are now selling for up to $8,000.

Even copies of Tiffany lamps can fetch big money
Early whistles were molded from clay into shape of a bird

Early whistles were molded from clay into shape of a bird

The center of these whistles held water. Blowing into a hole made the water move and make a sound.

Early whistles were molded from clay into shape of a bird
Settee inspired by Adams brothers, 18th century designers

Settee inspired by Adams brothers, 18th century designers

The brothers admired and adapted the classic styles of Greece and Rome.

Settee inspired by Adams brothers, 18th century designers
Halloween memorabilia is 4th in popularity with collectors

Halloween memorabilia is 4th in popularity with collectors

The holiday formerly known as Allhallows Eve is behind Christmas, Fourth of July and Easter.

Halloween memorabilia is 4th in popularity with collectors
Inkwells, obsolete for 140 years, now prized by collectors

Inkwells, obsolete for 140 years, now prized by collectors

Examples from the 18th century are much sought-after.

Inkwells, obsolete for 140 years, now prized by collectors
‘Pope Joan’ game was popular pastime in 18th century homes

‘Pope Joan’ game was popular pastime in 18th century homes

Game boards can be sought-after antiques — just keep them out of the sun.

‘Pope Joan’ game was popular pastime in 18th century homes
‘Foot Art’ table may just be the strangest you’ve ever seen

‘Foot Art’ table may just be the strangest you’ve ever seen

It has a flat top, one drawer with a human nose for a handle, and a resin foot for the base.

‘Foot Art’ table may just be the strangest you’ve ever seen
Water-carriers were popular subjects for pre-photo figurines

Water-carriers were popular subjects for pre-photo figurines

The 10- to 15-inch-tall statues were made or porcelain or bronze, and most were glazed in colors.

Water-carriers were popular subjects for pre-photo figurines
Brazier found in Pompeii inspired copies in the 18th century

Brazier found in Pompeii inspired copies in the 18th century

The excavated piece buried in 78 A.D. was a heater used to warm up a Roman bath in the city.

Brazier found in Pompeii inspired copies in the 18th century
This creepy-looking doll helped 1890s kids learn

This creepy-looking doll helped 1890s kids learn

And if you have one in the attic, you’ll want to sell it. It’s worth up to $64K.

This creepy-looking doll helped 1890s kids learn
This iron frog sits on a ball on a curvy base while balancing a sprinkler on his nose, waiting to water the lawn. The rare figure, even though repainted, auctioned for $780 at a Bertoia auction in June of last year.

Iron figural garden sprinklers can be worth thousands

The vintage garden pieces were made in all shapes, sizes and materials.

This iron frog sits on a ball on a curvy base while balancing a sprinkler on his nose, waiting to water the lawn. The rare figure, even though repainted, auctioned for $780 at a Bertoia auction in June of last year.
This Campeche chair is tooled leather and oak. It was made in the late 19th century and is 33 by 21 inches. It sold for $976.

Mexican Campeche chairs were popular with 2 Founding Fathers

Also called “plantation chairs,” they were common in Southern homes.

This Campeche chair is tooled leather and oak. It was made in the late 19th century and is 33 by 21 inches. It sold for $976.