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

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.

Rare optician’s eye test chart was made in the 19th century
Hires Root Beer ad, made in the 1920s, features a flapper girl

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.

Hires Root Beer ad, made in the 1920s, features a flapper girl
Solve the puzzle to drink from this pitcher without spilling

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.

Solve the puzzle to drink from this pitcher without spilling
Vintage flag made of crocheted crepe paper sold for $344

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.

Vintage flag made of crocheted crepe paper sold for $344
Kem Weber was modernism’s leading West Coast proponent

Kem Weber was modernism’s leading West Coast proponent

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

Kem Weber was modernism’s leading West Coast proponent
Antique schoolboy ‘penny toy’ made in Germany sold for $840

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.

Antique schoolboy ‘penny toy’ made in Germany sold for $840
We can thank the Shaker religious community for seed packets

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.

We can thank the Shaker religious community for seed packets
A Roman goddess was the inspiration behind Britannia’s look

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.

A Roman goddess was the inspiration behind Britannia’s look
This ceramic parrot concealed an early radio’s loudspeaker

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.

This ceramic parrot concealed an early radio’s loudspeaker
Antique beds can be used today — with some customization

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.

Antique beds can be used today — with some customization
17th-century voters cast marbles instead of paper ballots

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.

17th-century voters cast marbles instead of paper ballots
Do you have any furniture made by Mitchell & Rammelsberg?

Do you have any furniture made by Mitchell & Rammelsberg?

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

Do you have any furniture made by Mitchell & Rammelsberg?
Patriotic posters for American products sell for high prices

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.

Patriotic posters for American products sell for high prices
Want to start a collection? Salt-and-pepper shakers are nice

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.

Want to start a collection? Salt-and-pepper shakers are nice
Old phrenology heads with zones mapped out sell for over $500

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.

Old phrenology heads with zones mapped out sell for over $500
What is a whirligig? Antique collectors’ new favorite thing

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.

What is a whirligig? Antique collectors’ new favorite thing
‘Dumb waiter’ is a type of turning table, not a stupid person

‘Dumb waiter’ is a type of turning table, not a stupid person

A Victorian table like this made with a three-part leg, sold at an auction last year for $406.

‘Dumb waiter’ is a type of turning table, not a stupid person
Fun facts about Honest Abe, our tallest president

Fun facts about Honest Abe, our tallest president

He didn’t smoke, rarely drank and enjoyed chicken fricassee with biscuits.

Fun facts about Honest Abe, our tallest president
Now is a good time to start a valentines card collection

Now is a good time to start a valentines card collection

A collector can find reasonably priced postcards and die-cut cards that were sold in dime stores.

Now is a good time to start a valentines card collection
Whiskey nip (a small bottle that holds one shot) sold for $700

Whiskey nip (a small bottle that holds one shot) sold for $700

The flask has a rare bright-blue color and a screw-on metal cap used on many 1885-1900 bottles.

Whiskey nip (a small bottle that holds one shot) sold for $700