Mass produced plaques produced in factories after the Civil War are not only artistically successful but also affordable for collectors. Renewed interest in these metal objects makes them an attractive investment for me at auctions. Collectors enjoy them both as an art form and also a functional decorative accessory in the home. This moment mori plaque produced by the Metallic Compression Casting company operated in Massachusetts is an affordable example of this lesser known facet of sculpture. These decorative pieces can be acquired for between $100 - 300. Doorknobs and other architectural hardware would prove an accessible option for those looking to begin collecting in this area as described in this recent blog post by This Old House.