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Published December 08, 2011, 12:00 AM

Porcelain basket

This unusual porcelain basket, 5 by 9½ by 8 inches, was made in the 18th century to serve hot chestnuts. Ken Farmer Auctions of Radford, Va., estimates that it will sell for about $1,000.

Cowles Syndicate Inc.

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