Rare Discoveries Show A Different Side To History Than You Already Know 

By Sophia Maddox | August 24, 2023

A rare 16th century gold sundial and compass ring

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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Need to know what time it is? If you were alive in the 16th century you couldn’t just check your calculator watch and you had to rely on the sun. If you had a little walking around money you could purchase a sundial ring like this. This miniature timepiece came about because people at the time were interested in the natural sciences and they were were fascinated into using natural means to accomplish tasks like figuring out the time and date. This ring features an engraved coat of arms as well as the opening that shows the sundial and compass. 

18th century carved door in Germany with incredible workmanship

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Woodworking has long been an important part of daily life whether someone was a serf or royalty. After all, we all need doors. By the 18th century woodworking had developed long beyond simply creating a stop between the a person and the elements, and they artisans put long hours into crafting beautiful pieces of furniture that could serve as pieces of art as well as a guard from the outdoors. The German people have long had a love of woodworking, and similar designs can be seen in colonial American furniture thanks to the large amounts of German immigrants who crossed the pond in the early days of the United States.