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Weathervanes, clocks, paintings, cigars, candy, and nautical instruments are but a few of the goods still being provided to Bostonians by the city's historic shops. Many of these purveyors date from the 19th century--some as far back as Colonial days. The city is filled with pubs, taverns, and restaurants dating back more than a century, too. Here are a few gems: You’ll still find Ye Olde Union Oyster House on Union Street. In 1771, on the eve of the American Revolution, the seditious publication, The Massachusetts Spy, was printed upstairs. Later, the orator Daniel Webster would down as many as three-dozen oysters at the mahogany bar, still in use, and wash them down with tumblers of brandy and water. Upper-crust Bostonians have been buying jewelry from Shreve, Crump, and Low since it first opened in 1796--across the street from a silversmith named Paul Revere.