My father-in-law, Mr. Really Bad, and I went junking this morning and
it was a day of interesting finds. We came upon some of the most unusual things! I'm going to show you my favorites.
Can you believe this? A corset! Original box and everything! A short Google search leads me to think it's from about 1917. Never worn.
I added to my collection of old bottles. I look for ones with lids and reluctantly took two with damage.
As I was inspecting some tools Mr. Really Bad bought a sword-shaped letter opener.
Well, it's the prettiest letter opener I've ever seen.
One man's trash is indeed another man's treasure. Mr. Really Bad was just thrilled with his little sword.
Because it isn't a letter opener.
No. It's a Midshipman's Dirk from the late 1700's to early 1800's.
Horatio Hornblower would have carried one of these.
|National Maritime Museum|
Mr. Really Bad paid $1 for his "letter opener." It's worth from $350 to $700 dollars.
The handle is ivory and the brass is gold-plated, although worn.
Amazing, right? An ancient British naval weapon on a rural farm in Oregon. How much history is in the landfills because we simply don't know what we have? Just sayin.'
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