Many people like things that smell brand new and can be unwrapped from plastic, meaning in reality, they just add to pollution of our planet. But some people specifically prefer the items that have been touched by history and are commonly referred to as antiques.

Antique objects often bear an extra value thanks to their aesthetic or historical significance, and they can be defined as any object which is at least 100 years old. Meanwhile, vintage and collectibles are described as items that are “younger” than that.

And while some are born antique aficionados, real collectors spend their entire lives learning the subtleties of this miscellaneous profession. Below are some of the most incredible examples of antique objects and goods posted on the r/Antiques subreddit, where every member of the community is an antique dealer at heart.

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My Dad Restored A 1929 Ford Model A After 40 Years Of Wait. We Helped Out Over The Course Of 3 Years, And I Edited This Photo To Make Us Looks Like 20s Gangsters

My Dad Restored A 1929 Ford Model A After 40 Years Of Wait. We Helped Out Over The Course Of 3 Years, And I Edited This Photo To Make Us Looks Like 20s Gangsters

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Hannah Edwards
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2 months ago

I thought this was a genuinely old photo.

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The Lenox Spice Village. My Grandmother Bought This For Me 30 Years Ago And It Has Been In My Parents Storage Shed Until Now....

The Lenox Spice Village. My Grandmother Bought This For Me 30 Years Ago And It Has Been In My Parents Storage Shed Until Now....

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Joonscrab
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2 months ago

This is adorable!! I think people with a passion for food will love it!

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#3

300 Year Old Library Tool That Enabled A Researcher To Have Seven Book Open At Once

300 Year Old Library Tool That Enabled A Researcher To Have Seven Book Open At Once

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Joonscrab
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2 months ago

Like how I have 15 Google chrome tabs open hehe

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Bored Panda reached out to Dr. Lori Verderame, the Ph.D. antiques appraiser who’s an internationally syndicated columnist and an author with 30 books to her credit. Dr. Lori specializes in helping people make money with buying and selling tips, as well as showing them how to spot valuables at thrift stores, charity shops, flea markets, estate sales, etc. and flip them for profit. She also runs a widely popular YouTube channel with 130k subscribers where she shares various tips about antiques.

Dr. Lori explained that “an antique is an object that is 100 years old or older. I determine antique status by looking at materials, condition, and design. I appraise an antique's value by comparing it with other similar items and using my decades of museum and appraisal experience to provide a value,” the antiques appraiser commented.

Turns out, Lori bases her values on actual sales records where similar items have sold recently. “I use my love of antiques to appraise value and value differs based on the type of object appraised. Many factors determine value depending on the type of object presented,” she explained and added that the most valuable categories of antiques typically include fine art, antique furniture, and antique and vintage fine and costume jewelry.

#4

Picked Up A Victorian Style Cathedral Birdcage Today. It’s 7’ Tall With The Base! Never Seen One Like It

Picked Up A Victorian Style Cathedral Birdcage Today. It’s 7’ Tall With The Base! Never Seen One Like It

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cassiushumanmother
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2 months ago

Probably a final work for a wood craftsmanship student, i don't know the name in English but it's a piece that you have to make to show your skills at the end of your learning journey.

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#5

I Snagged This Edwardian Dress Yesterday. It’s Just Too Stunning Not To Share

I Snagged This Edwardian Dress Yesterday. It’s Just Too Stunning Not To Share

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denzoren
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2 months ago

This could be in a horror film....or something by Jane Austen. Win win. Lol

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#6

An Old, Metal, Pocket-Sized Grocery List!

An Old, Metal, Pocket-Sized Grocery List!

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k Wetherbee
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2 months ago

love it!

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When asked if people are getting more and more interested in antiques, Dr. Lori confirmed that it’s true and added that young adults are particularly interested. “Because we can buy all types of antiques with ease now online, people are enjoying the thrill of the treasure hunt for antiques as well as the excitement of selling them or keeping them.”

“I show many examples of how I find the money for people on my YouTube channel series called Real Bargains. Young adults—my fans—are interested in antiques and vintage items because they are well-made, unique and interesting, and are conversation pieces,” she said.

“Many realize that they can buy a vintage or antique object for very little money and use my tips to flip for profit or keep it for their own collection and enjoyment. Many people are interested in antiques because of the memories they spark or for the connection to a bygone era,” Dr. Lori concluded.

#7

There's Something About A Jet Black Cartonnage Binding Lit Up With Golden Gilt And Highlighted With Flowering Designs. Something Great. The Book Is Le Manuscrit Bleu, 1848

There's Something About A Jet Black Cartonnage Binding Lit Up With Golden Gilt And Highlighted With Flowering Designs. Something Great. The Book Is Le Manuscrit Bleu, 1848

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Miss Frankfurter
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2 months ago

I hope you keep this in some kind of see through box to protect it from anything getting on it and well away from sunlight. This is amazing.

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#8

A Pair Of Old Lamps I Found On Facebook Marketplace For Dirt Cheap. I Think They Look Pretty Neat In Our Victorian House, But My Fiancé Hates Em’ Lol.

A Pair Of Old Lamps I Found On Facebook Marketplace For Dirt Cheap. I Think They Look Pretty Neat In Our Victorian House, But My Fiancé Hates Em’ Lol.

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Manuela Martins
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2 months ago

You should re-evaluate your fiancé because those lamps add glamour and style! Gorgeous.

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#9

Check Out My Latest Acquisition! ~1910 Tiffany Desk Pieces. Bronze And Abalone.

Check Out My Latest Acquisition! ~1910 Tiffany Desk Pieces. Bronze And Abalone.

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k Wetherbee
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2 months ago

So stunning,

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#10

Photographed In 1974, Freshly Excavated 2000-Year-Old Terracotta Warriors Still Showing The Original Color Scheme Before Rapid Deterioration

Photographed In 1974, Freshly Excavated 2000-Year-Old Terracotta Warriors Still Showing The Original Color Scheme Before Rapid Deterioration

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MauKini
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2 months ago

I never knew they used to be painted. Makes perfect sense, just never thought about it. Such beautiful colours!

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#11

My Grandmother Unfortunately Passed This Year. This Is Her Copy Of Alice In Wonderland I Inherited

My Grandmother Unfortunately Passed This Year. This Is Her Copy Of Alice In Wonderland I Inherited

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boredpanDaman
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2 months ago

may your grandmother rest in peace

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#12

I Typically Collect Contemporary Jewelry But Could Not Resist This Victorian Period Gilt Silver Brooch. It Was Made In Philadelphia And Dates To About 1880. The Detail And Construction Are Amazing To Me

I Typically Collect Contemporary Jewelry But Could Not Resist This Victorian Period Gilt Silver Brooch. It Was Made In Philadelphia And Dates To About 1880. The Detail And Construction Are Amazing To Me

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HempFairy
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2 months ago

I think i m in love.(❤_❤)

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#13

Just Showing Off My Desk. It’s A Beautiful Hunk Of Hungarian Oak, Previously A Farm House Table. It’s Used On A Daily Basis And So Just Giving It A Fresh Coat Of Wax To Keep Up With Its Maintenance

Just Showing Off My Desk. It’s A Beautiful Hunk Of Hungarian Oak, Previously A Farm House Table. It’s Used On A Daily Basis And So Just Giving It A Fresh Coat Of Wax To Keep Up With Its Maintenance

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Geoffers
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2 months ago

That would have started life as a craftsperson's work bench, rather than a household table. Those square holes are to allow for the use of things like bench stops (holds the thing you're working on in place so that you have both hands free for tools) or jigs (for cutting, bending, when you need to make a lot of the same part over and over etc). It's absolutely beautiful, I'd give my right arm for a bench like that😍

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#14

Hand Holding An Orange Door Knocker

Hand Holding An Orange Door Knocker

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Ristina Nielsen
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2 months ago

"Thing" has always been my favorite Addams character :)

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#15

My Great-Great Grandfather Started A Plumbing Business In St. Paul, Mn In The 1880’s. I Just Inherited His Desk.

My Great-Great Grandfather Started A Plumbing Business In St. Paul, Mn In The 1880’s. I Just Inherited His Desk.

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Miss Frankfurter
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2 months ago

What a family heirloom!

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#16

I Doubt This Has Any Real Value But I Thought It Was Fun And Cool And For .25 Cents It Was Worth It!

I Doubt This Has Any Real Value But I Thought It Was Fun And Cool And For .25 Cents It Was Worth It!

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imontape
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2 months ago

In Denmark she is also called Olivia

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#17

Found This Wonderful 17th Century Doodle Inside A Bible I'm Restoring

Found This Wonderful 17th Century Doodle Inside A Bible I'm Restoring

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 months ago

that is amazing! reminds me of Quentin Blake!

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#18

1897-1898, First Edition, Edgar Allan Poe -Poems And Tales. Found It At A Used Book Store.

1897-1898, First Edition, Edgar Allan Poe -Poems And Tales. Found It At A Used Book Store.

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Miss Frankfurter
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2 months ago

A USED BOOKSTORE? As I said in an earlier post some people just don't realize what they have on their hands. You are so fortunate. I hope it has some info about what number printing this was for the first edition.

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#19

Roman Tigress Cart Decoration - Found Metal Detecting In Norfolk UK

Roman Tigress Cart Decoration - Found Metal Detecting In Norfolk UK

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Chicago Kitty
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2 months ago

Amazing!

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#20

Art Deco Exit Sign

Art Deco Exit Sign

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boredpanDaman
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2 months ago

niice

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#21

Anyone Have Any Info On This? It’s Been In My Family For A Very Long Time.

Anyone Have Any Info On This? It’s Been In My Family For A Very Long Time.

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Andrea Draza
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2 months ago

Cha tansu

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#22

My Seltzer Bottle Collection

My Seltzer Bottle Collection

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HempFairy
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2 months ago

I love colored glass bottles!

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#23

I’m Moving Into My First House And Snagged This Couch Off Fb Marketplace For $60. Kitty Approves!

I’m Moving Into My First House And Snagged This Couch Off Fb Marketplace For $60. Kitty Approves!

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Kind Pegasus 95
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2 months ago

I love the couch! And the kitty is so cute! She looks like my kitty too :)

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#24

1909 Wooden Koken Congress Restored

1909 Wooden Koken Congress Restored

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k Wetherbee
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2 months ago

WHOA.

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#25

This Silver Ww2 Naval Aviator Sweetheart Brooch I Found While I Was Metal Detecting A Few Months Ago Is Still My Favourite Piece

This Silver Ww2 Naval Aviator Sweetheart Brooch I Found While I Was Metal Detecting A Few Months Ago Is Still My Favourite Piece

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jpaul
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2 months ago

maybe what i'm gonna say is dumb, but did you look for any bones??

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#26

Vendo 44 Vending Machine From The 50s. The Smallest Machine That Vendo Ever Made. Found At An Estate Sale!

Vendo 44 Vending Machine From The 50s. The Smallest Machine That Vendo Ever Made. Found At An Estate Sale!

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denzoren
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2 months ago

This is awesome!

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#27

Well I Got It Open And Here Are The Contents Of The Octagonal Sewing Box

Well I Got It Open And Here Are The Contents Of The Octagonal Sewing Box

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 months ago

OMG!! That is AMAZING. More photos, please.

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#28

I Guess We're Posting Our Uranium Glass Collections? Here's Mine!

I Guess We're Posting Our Uranium Glass Collections? Here's Mine!

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
2 months ago

When I was in high-school one science class visited a uranium mine!!! The man who gave them the tour (?!) Had worked there for many years and his voice sounded like Daffy Duck. When they left the mine they were given a little memento to take with them. A pill bottle size of uranium dust. Its yellow in color incase you were wondering. They brought it to class, and our science teacher's husband was a geologist who had a Geiger Counter. She brought it to school the next day and measured the stuff. 😵😲 Oh boy, was it radioactive ☢! Called her husband immediately. He came to the school immediately to confiscate it. He called the appropriate government department. Needless to say, no more souvenirs.

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"To Miss J.g.k., To Whom This Cabinet Is Cheerfully Given, Hoping That She May Enjoy It As I Have Making It For Her. G.j.c Sept 14, 1926," From A Note Written In Pencil On The Bottom Of This Cabinet I Brought Home Today (Ma/Nh)

"To Miss J.g.k., To Whom This Cabinet Is Cheerfully Given, Hoping That She May Enjoy It As I Have Making It For Her. G.j.c Sept 14, 1926," From A Note Written In Pencil On The Bottom Of This Cabinet I Brought Home Today (Ma/Nh)

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cassiushumanmother
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2 months ago

My grandmother is 96, she have a lovely wooden chest made by my great grandfather for my great grandmother as an engagement gift (he was a carpenter). He engraved her initials on it, i have the same initials so my grandma said that it would be mine one day. The backstory of this beautiful piece is so cute, he put so much love in it.

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#30

The First Gift My Great Grandfather Purchased For My Great Grandmother Nearly 100 Years Ago. Thought I’d Share.

The First Gift My Great Grandfather Purchased For My Great Grandmother Nearly 100 Years Ago. Thought I’d Share.

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Noel Bovae
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2 months ago

Impeccable condition for being 100 years old! Carpet beetles would have a field day with this, and would completely destroy it. If you haven't been already, I'd store this in an airtight container.

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#31

Found This Old Oak Ice Chest

Found This Old Oak Ice Chest

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Stephen Lyford
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2 months ago

Gorgeous!

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#32

Medicine Cabinet In One Of My Grandmas Rarely Used Bathrooms

Medicine Cabinet In One Of My Grandmas Rarely Used Bathrooms

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Jrizzy Jay
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2 months ago

I feel like I'm getting cancer just by looking at this

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In The Middle Of Unpacking Most Of My Library For The New Office Setup. 1481 To 2005, And Still Lots To Catalog. Thought I'd Share A Near Finished View.

In The Middle Of Unpacking Most Of My Library For The New Office Setup. 1481 To 2005, And Still Lots To Catalog. Thought I'd Share A Near Finished View.

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 months ago

1481! I wonder what those books are about

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#34

Check Out How They Curved The Roof Of This Antique Barn. (Ohio)

Check Out How They Curved The Roof Of This Antique Barn. (Ohio)

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David Beaulieu
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2 months ago

Amazing! I wonder why though... purely aesthetic? Or is there a reason for an arched roof? Snow?

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#35

My Grandpa Just Gifted Me This 19th Century Mandolin

My Grandpa Just Gifted Me This 19th Century Mandolin

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boredpanDaman
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2 months ago

loveit!

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#36

A 1920s Belgian Embroidery Folding Screen

A 1920s Belgian Embroidery Folding Screen

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may explode without warning
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2 months ago

embroidered? wow. someone spent a lot of time on that

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This Curio Is Known As A Curse Tablet. Curse Tablets Were Inscribed Strips Of Lead, With An Iron Nail Piercing It. They Are Typically Roman Or Grecian. This Piece Has Hair Clamped Between The Folds, Indicating That This May Be A Love Spell. Thinking To Contact A Museum On This One.

This Curio Is Known As A Curse Tablet. Curse Tablets Were Inscribed Strips Of Lead, With An Iron Nail Piercing It. They Are Typically Roman Or Grecian. This Piece Has Hair Clamped Between The Folds, Indicating That This May Be A Love Spell. Thinking To Contact A Museum On This One.

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 months ago

yes, contact a museum

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#38

Art Deco Butterfly Brooch, Norwegian Silver And Enamel, Marked For H C Østrem

Art Deco Butterfly Brooch, Norwegian Silver And Enamel, Marked For H C Østrem

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Miss Frankfurter
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2 months ago

Art Deco. I am so jealous right now.

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#39

My Great-Great-Grandfather’s School Textbooks From The Late 1800’s. The Oldest One Is From 1860.

My Great-Great-Grandfather’s School Textbooks From The Late 1800’s. The Oldest One Is From 1860.

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boredpanDaman
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2 months ago

please take away that ugly aromatiser!

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#40

Late Georgian 18ct Gold Emerald And Diamond Ring

Late Georgian 18ct Gold Emerald And Diamond Ring

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MauKini
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2 months ago

Its beautiful. If you have it professionally cleaned it will bring back life to the stones.

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#41

This Is Kind Of Cool! Six Months Ago, I Bought The Photo On The Right From An Antique Mall. Yesterday, I Went Back And Purchased The Photo On The Left. Only After Getting Home Did I Realize That They’re The Same Kids, Just Taken A Few Years Apart!

This Is Kind Of Cool! Six Months Ago, I Bought The Photo On The Right From An Antique Mall. Yesterday, I Went Back And Purchased The Photo On The Left. Only After Getting Home Did I Realize That They’re The Same Kids, Just Taken A Few Years Apart!

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SoozeeQ
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2 months ago (edited)

My great-grandfather took photos like these. (They're actually postcards). We still have a picture of his daughter (my paternal grandmother) dressed up in a Statue of Liberty costume. (We're Australian of English heritage, so not sure why she was dressed up in an "American" costume, but still. That story has long disappeared - she died in 1987 and the picture was taken in the early 1910s - can't recall the exact year, but she was about 12).

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#42

Handmade Jacquard Woven Coverlet From 1835. Saved It From An Estate Sale For $75 Now It’s One Of My Prized Possessions

Handmade Jacquard Woven Coverlet From 1835. Saved It From An Estate Sale For $75 Now It’s One Of My Prized Possessions

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Rachknits
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2 months ago

Wow thats incredible weaving

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#43

1870’s Victorian Mirror Meant To Sit Over A Mantel (It’s Difficult To Tell From The Picture But It’s About 6ft Y’all And 4.5ft Wide

1870’s Victorian Mirror Meant To Sit Over A Mantel (It’s Difficult To Tell From The Picture But It’s About 6ft Y’all And 4.5ft Wide

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Stephen Lyford
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2 months ago

Did your autocorrect change "tall" to "Y'all" , because that's pretty funny. ;)

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#44

Wall Fell Apart Giving A Glimpse Into The Past.

Wall Fell Apart Giving A Glimpse Into The Past.

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Brittany
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2 months ago

If those walls could talk

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#45

A Wall In My Grandpa's Small Library Room

A Wall In My Grandpa's Small Library Room

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Neil Bidle
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2 months ago

Bet he hates daylight savings!

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#46

The Most Ironic Two Month Late Birthday Gift I’ve Ever Received.

The Most Ironic Two Month Late Birthday Gift I’ve Ever Received.

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Vetus Vespertilio
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2 months ago

I learned to type on one of these in high school. Decades later I spotted one in a antique shop while shopping with my 12 year old grandson. He didn’t have a clue what it was. They may look nice now, but they were a pain in the tuchas to work with, especially when using carbon paper to make copies.

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#47

Purchased This Beautiful Antique Cabinet Online. It Now Houses My Art Supplies :)

Purchased This Beautiful Antique Cabinet Online. It Now Houses My Art Supplies :)

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Lyn Moffett
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2 months ago

That would be stunning if sanded and waxed.

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#48

Top Hat That Belonged To My Great Great Great Grandfather (I Think) During The Late 19th Century From Ohio

Top Hat That Belonged To My Great Great Great Grandfather (I Think) During The Late 19th Century From Ohio

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k Wetherbee
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2 months ago

Is it beaver?

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#49

Three Early 20th Century English Microscopes In My Collection. Not Much Practical Use Out Of Them, But They Do Look Good!

Three Early 20th Century English Microscopes In My Collection. Not Much Practical Use Out Of Them, But They Do Look Good!

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Okasan Willis
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2 months ago

I have my Grandfather's microscope he got in med school. 1921 Bausch and Laumb. All ebony and brass. Still in original box

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#50

Bought This Flag At Goodwill For $20 And Just Sold It At Auction For $4,200!! Thought It Was A Cool Wall Decoration, Turned Out To Be A Civil War Union General’s Flag!!

Bought This Flag At Goodwill For $20 And Just Sold It At Auction For $4,200!! Thought It Was A Cool Wall Decoration, Turned Out To Be A Civil War Union General’s Flag!!

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Randolph Croft
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2 months ago

Colonel Fisk, actually. Not a general. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton_B._Fisk#Civil_War

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