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The 10- to 15-inch-tall statues were made or porcelain or bronze, and most were glazed in colors.
The excavated piece buried in 78 A.D. was a heater used to warm up a Roman bath in the city.
And if you have one in the attic, you’ll want to sell it. It’s worth up to $64K.
The vintage garden pieces were made in all shapes, sizes and materials.
Also called “plantation chairs,” they were common in Southern homes.
Cast-iron figural door stops didn’t became popular until the 1910s, when the U.S. began making them.
In the 1700s, a talented fan painter was as important as a landscape or portrait artist.
An inscribed leather patch on the bottom has a message: “Your friendship is more precious than gold.”
The first watering pot was made about 1580. It was another 50-100 years before someone added a spout.
Antique dealers say early 1900s oak furniture doesn’t sell, but even copies can be a good investment.
It’s a wide but shallow saucer-like dish, decorated with flowers, and mounted on a stem and foot.
Just an ornament today, it has a slightly green tint, is 4½ inches high and very heavy.
The Rookwood piece sold at auction a few years ago brought $2,300, even though it was damaged.
This difficult type of embroidery was popular in England from about 1650 to 1700.
The furniture sold for $4,613, nearly twice its estimated worth, to a buyer who likes the ocean.
The girl’s one-piece yellow bathing suit suggests it was made a date in the late 1950s or ’60s.
The oldest surviving globe showing our planet was made in 1492 by Martin Behaim of Germany.
The combination phonograph-lamp, designed in about 1920, was made to be kept in the living room.
Made in the unfamiliar style, the seats were carved, ebonized and have mother-of-pearl inlay.
Collectors look for figurals of monkeys, frogs, ducks, alligators and even a cowboy with lasso.