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What Is It? January 2021

What Is It? January 2021

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

by · January 4, 2021 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? December 2020

What Is It? December 2020

Our long-time guesser, William McLaren of Anchorage, AK correctly identified our December’s What Is It. Here is what he said, “It is a 1910 U.S. Presidents serving platter, patented by W.E. Graves in that year. It is made of La Francaise Porcelain. It shows portraits of ten presidents and the armorials of eight states.” Wow, thank you, William, we love […]

by · December 2, 2020 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? November 2020

What Is It? November 2020

   The objects are prehistoric stone axes. These are all lower grade tools. Two lack the shape and workmanship of finer examples. The two celt type axes are much smaller and have significant damage to the bit ends.    We had two correct answers to our November’s What Is It. Vicky Kellen of Castle Pines, Colorado and Jerome McLaren of Conifer, Colorado […]

by · November 3, 2020 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? October 2020

What Is It? October 2020

    We had several correct answers to our October’s What Is It. The items pictured are musical instruments called ocarinas. Richard White of Thornton, Colorado points out that the ocarina dates back to the 19th century in Bologna, Italy. The word ocarina means “little goose.” “As a former teacher, I know Ocarinas are still used today in elementary schools.” […]

by · October 5, 2020 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? September 2020

What Is It? September 2020

   We had one guess for our September What Is It. Carol Klomp of Boulder, Colorado thinks it might be a yerba mate gourd. We think that is a good possibility.    Another idea is that it looks like a Victorian, English, hinged container with silver trim. If it is wood it could be a humidor or tobacco jar. Thanks for helping […]

by · September 6, 2020 · 0 comments · What Is It?