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Pair of Dirty Windows Purchased on Facebook Are Set to Sell for $200,000

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A pair of dirty windows bought on Facebook during a church demolition is set to sell for $225,000.

Antiques hunter Paul Brown from Pennsylvania paid around five grand for a bundle of various items from St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in West Philadelphia.

They included these stained glass windows which were discovered to be made by the noted company Tiffany Glass Studios, (1878 – 1933) founded by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Philadelphia-based auctioneers Freeman’s say the sale marks the first time a Tiffany Studios rose window has ever been offered at auction.

“This is such a rare and exciting market appearance,” said Tim Andreadis, Head of Freeman’s 20th Century and Contemporary Design department. “The intricacy of these works is stunning, and it’s meaningful to bring to market pieces that have such a deep, meaningful history in Philadelphia.”

Freeman’s explains that the twin roses of St. Paul were likely commissioned around 1904, completed in 1906, and supported in part by master merchant John Wanamaker, owner of the eponymous Philadelphia department store.

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Queen Victoria’s Personal Letter Box Dating Back 140 Years is Unearthed–With a Christmas Card Inside

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Queen Victoria’s miniature mailbox which she used to send letters and cards during her reign 140 years ago has been unearthed.

The 30 inch tall box, which was carved into the style of a Royal Mail’s ‘pillar box,’ was recently discovered in a cottage in Surrey, intriguingly with an undelivered Christmas card inside.

The beautiful wooden table letterbox, engraved with the royal cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina), dates back to the 1880s.

“We can only imagine the tone and content of the notes the queen must have placed inside but one thing we can be certain of is that she enjoyed sending letters and cards,” said Charles Hanson of Hansons Auctioneers, who is handling the sale.

“Her profile featured on the Penny Black, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp issued in 1840.

Queen Victoria ruled Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death in 1901.

She used the box to mail her letters and cards while she stayed at Osborne House, her favourite holiday destination on the north coast of the Isle of Wight built for her and her husband Prince Albert as a rural retreat.

The card inside was not sent or received by the former monarch and is believed to have been given to the seller’s family in the 1970s.

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