I'm fascinated by salesman samples. I picture a road warrior of yesterday with a donkey and a cart making the rounds to houses away from the beaten path. Or a mom and pop general store like my great-grandparents used to own in Germantown, TN with a catalog and a couple of miniature tables or bookcases.
I don't own many samples because finding room for my full-size treasures and the inventory for my online store take precedence, but I always check them out when I find them at an auction or in a brick and mortar antique store.
The picture is a salesman's sample of a bed warmer that I bought in England. I couldn't resist the turned handle and copper pan, complete with a made up family crest. It hangs on a hook in my kitchen amongst the coffee cups and near an old toffee hammer. I probably need to polish it.
What salesman's samples do you collect?