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Swiss NEMA Cipher Machine

Swiss NEMA Cipher Machine

The Swiss NEMA cipher machine is an extraordinary piece of both military and mechanical engineering history. Known as the Neue Machine, or "New Machine", the NEMA was developed by Zellweger AG in Uster, Switzerland during World War II to replace the German-engineered "Enigma… Read More »
Psittacosaurus Dinosaur Fossil Skeleton

Psittacosaurus Dinosaur Fossil Skeleton

This complete fossilized skeleton of a Psittacosaurus dinosaur is extremely rare and awe-inspiring. Taking its name from the Greek for "parrot lizard," due to its remarkable beaked skull, this dinosaur belonged to a genus of horn-faced dinosaurs who lived during the Early… Read More »
Wine Cellarette Video

Mahogany Wine Cellarettes

Once considered an essential piece of furniture for the stylish dining affair, the wine cellarette reached its peak in popularity in the mid-18th century. During a time when wine was a considered a luxury, wine cellarettes such as this became a symbol of wealth, and some of the most… Read More »
Russian Enamel Vodka and Punch Service from M.S. Rau Antiques

Russian Enamel Vodka and Punch Service

This rare Russian enamel vodka and punch bowl set is a tour-de-force of Czarist-period craftsmanship. Comprising six footed cups, a bowl and tray, the entire 8-piece service is crafted of silver gilt and completely encapsulated in brilliant champlevé enamel. Created by Russian… Read More »
Etui Video

French Gold Etuis from M.S. Rau Antiques

Featuring 2 elegant Etuis #1 French Gold Neoclassical Etui - Item No. 30-0469 Sublime artistry recommends this French gold etui. Crafted in the restrained Neoclassical manner, this discreet case is adorned with delicate engraving and chasing in an orderly floral design bordered by… Read More »
Cave Bear Videos

Rare Ice Age Cave Bear and Cub Skeletons

Cave bear skeletons were first described in 1774 by Johann Friederich Esper in his book Newly Discovered Zoolites of Unknown Four Footed Animals. The largest of all the great bears, the cave bear is believed to have been both an object of worship and the chief animal hunted by prehistoric… Read More »
Argentinian Campo del Cielo Iron Meteorite

Argentinian Campo del Cielo Iron Meteorite

This extraordinary iron meteorite, formed from the purest building blocks of the Universe, fell to earth approximately 4,200-4,700 years ago as part of a meteor that created the legendary Campo del Cielo ("Field of the Sky") asteroid field in Argentina. This meteor punched at… Read More »
The Mills Double DeLuxe Violano Virtuoso

The Mills Double DeLuxe Violano Virtuoso

One of only a handful ever made, this spectacular Double DeLuxe Violano Virtuoso, created by the Mills Novelty Company, is an important and extremely rare example of American musical automata, featuring not one, but two brilliantly tuned violins. Singled out by the U.S. government in 1909… Read More »
Robin Hood Clock by Gerrard Robinson

The Robin Hood Clock by Gerrard Robinson

Monumental in size and absolutely breathtaking in artistry, this exceptionally rare and enchanting musical tall case clock is both a remarkable treasure and an extraordinary discovery. Superiorly hand-carved of fine English oak and standing at approximately 11 1/2 feet high by 5 feet wide,… Read More »
Gifts for Her

Top 5 Gifts for Her

Find the perfect gift for the ladies on your list at M.S. Rau Antiques. Read More »