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What Is It? June 2018

What Is It? June 2018

Send your answers to the What Is It contest, postmarked by June 20, to the Mountain States Collector , P.O. box 1003, Bailey, CO 80421. Three winners will be drawn. Winners will receive a year’s subscription to the Mountain States Collector.

by · June 6, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? May 2018

What Is It? May 2018

   We had several correct answers to our May’s What Is It. The device is 1/2 of a block and tackle which was used with a rope to lift heavy objects. This is a pulley-holding block from an early 20th Century Chesapeake Bay fishing boat. It was used for many jobs, from raising sail to hoisting cargo. The example is […]

by · May 8, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? April 2018

What Is It? April 2018

   We had one correct answer for our April’s What Is It. Fred Clark of Colorado Springs, Colorado correctly identified the object as a fishing reel.    It is a 19th century fly reel, from an unknown English maker. It has a rare decoration of a fishing scene in bas-relief. It was purchased for $20 in 1975.    Fishing tackle and tools […]

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What Is It? March 2018

What Is It? March 2018

 We had no correct answers for our March’s What Is It. We were hoping some musician out there might have recognized it.    The March’s What Is It is a 16” Hand Tuneable Bodhran. The Deep Pro Frame is in Mahogany. It is a handheld, shallow Irish drum with a single goatskin head, played with a stick. 1965-70 Irish Gaelic bodhran, […]

by · March 6, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? February 2018

What Is It? February 2018

The four hatpins shown to the left are all fashioned from natural materials. From left they are carved bone, a tooth (probably from an elk) mounted in gold, carved ivory, and two small deer teeth in a silver setting. The most valuable of the four is the ivory-elephant hatpin.   We had several correct guessers for February’s What Is It. […]

by · February 7, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?