What Is It?

What Is It? May 2024

What Is It? May 2024

Send your answers to the What Is It contest, postmarked by May 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 · May 7, 2024 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? April 2024

What Is It? April 2024

 We had several correct guesses for our April What Is It. William McLaren of Anchorage, Alaska; Jerome McLaren of Conifer, Colorado; and Robert Smith of Plainview, Nebraska all correctly identified the items pictured as keys. As William McLaren pointed out, “It is a group of ancient keys with rings, usually made of iron or bronze and most likely of Roman […]

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What Is It? March 2024

What Is It? March 2024

 No one guessed our March What Is It. This 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, from Middle Irish bodran, from bodar “deafening, deaf.” The Bodhrán is known as the core and heartbeat of […]

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What Is It? February 2024

What Is It? February 2024

     We had a correct answer for a this February’s What Is It. Jean Roller of Boulder,   Colorado suggested that it is probably a flag standard for a fraternal group called the “Owls.” This group was formed about 1904 and only Master Masons could join. Jean is right that it belongs to a fraternal organization. This item is a staff […]

by · February 6, 2024 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? January 2024

What Is It? January 2024

Marjorie McLaren of Anchorage Alaska tells us January’s What Is It appears to be a vintage woven rattan and bamboo Chinese pillow basket, probably made in the mid 20th century. The basket has a woven rattan top and bottom surrounded by a red lacquered bamboo structure. The hardware is likely brass and appears to be missing a locking mechanism, which might have been a strip […]

by · January 2, 2024 · 0 comments · What Is It?