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Published February 18, 2011, 12:00 AM

1880s child’s plate

This 1880s child’s plate has letters around the edge to teach the alphabet and a picture in the center to display a method of hunting seals. The plate sold at a Skinner auction in Boston for $148, below auction estimate, perhaps because the picture of a seal hunt is controversial today.

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