Exploring Unseen History: Rare Discoveries Offer New Perspectives

By Sophia Maddox | March 23, 2024

A one-of-a-kind watch that was created for Marie Antoinette the Queen of France as a gift from a male suitor.

Forget what you learned in the history books. More often than not they only tell one side of a story filled with nuance. The rare discoveries that have been collected here show a side of history that we rarely get to see. They peel back the layers of stories that we think we know to expose little known facts that make history all the more fascinating. If you are ready to see a different side to history than you already know, then click ahead...the truth awaits!

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A pocket watch fit for a Queen, this extremely ornate watch was commissioned for Marie Antoinette by a mystery suitor in 1783 and no expense was spared. Gold was used in lieu of lesser metals which led the time piece to costing more than $30 million. This one-of-a-kind watch has a full calendar, and jumping hour hand, 23 complications and 823 parts. With all of its bits this is considered to be the fifth most complicated watch ever built. Unfortunately, Antoinette never received the watch, it was completed in 1827 – 34 years after she was sent to the guillotine.

The Statue of Liberty in its original copper form in Paris before it was transported to New York City, 1886

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One of the greatest landmarks in America, the Statue of Liberty, has long been held in awe by people all over the world. The way we see it now, draped in sea green and staring out over Manhattan, isn’t the way it’s always been.

Made of copper, the statue was constructed from multiple parts over the course of a few years, and since it was put together on Ellis island it started oxidizing, thus changing its color to a gorgeous green. The statue was initially very shiny upon its completion in 1886, a look that’s never going to be seen again.