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Butterfly or insect collecting became popular during the Victorian age as a respectable hobby among the growing middle class. Scientific collecting of butterflies and other natural specimens had been a popular venture as natural history museums and…

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This agate Mesopotamian signature seal of two lions attacking a deer was created about 600 B.C.E. It has a hole drilled through its length so that it could be worn on a string or pin. These types of seals are often engraved with a design so that when…

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John Wesley (1703-1791) was an Anglican theologian who is credited with helping to found the evangelical movement called Methodism. These scraps of fabric are said to be from the bed on which John Wesley died. After Wesley’s death, personal items,…

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This is a section of the deck of the U.S.S. Maine which was sunk in Havana Harbor, Cuba, on February 15, 1898, as a result of an explosion in the forward part of the ship. Speculation continues as to what really caused the Maine to explode that…

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A Chromolithographic image of the USS Maine as it sat in Havana, Cuba harbor after it was sank. "Restos del U.S.S. Maine Habana."

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 This unusual book contains mementos from the Royal Bourbon Family. Within these pages, the reader will come across carefully preserved locks of hair from certain members of the Bourbon family. Often a nostalgic practice for parents to remember…
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