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What Is It? September 2017

What Is It? September 2017

This month’s What Is It is provided by Nancy Johnson. Her show “Vintage at the Hangar” is September 15-17 at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver. (See ad on front page.) A correct answer can provide you free admission to a future show. Send your answers to the What Is It contest, postmarked by September […]

by · September 5, 2017 · 0 comments · Feature Article, What Is It?
What It Is? August 2017

What It Is? August 2017

Surprisingly, we had no correct answers for our August What Is It. The item pictured is a late 19th century, cast iron, store string holder. The ball of twine was placed on the spike that pierced the bowl. The perforated top was put on and the string was pulled through the holes. This cast iron configuration is 7” high. The […]

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What Is It? July 2017

What Is It? July 2017

July’s What Is It picture snuff boxes. Smoking related memorabilia is a popular theme to many collectors, Some of the earliest pieces come from the time of Washington and many wonderful examples come in the 1820-1870 range. Several of our readers were able to identify the What Is It. Congratulations to Christine Green of Westminster, Colorado; Dede Horan of Englewood, […]

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What Is It? June 2017

What Is It? June 2017

This beautiful 2-piece, hand wrought aluminum object is a “crumb catcher.” It is marked “Continental” Chrysanthemum pattern. Aluminum items of every sort from tableware to jewelry were made by dozens of companies from the early 20th century into the 1940s. A decade ago aluminum became a popular collectible and prices were high for quality pieces.    We had many readers who […]

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What Is It? May 2017

What Is It? May 2017

We had several correct guesses for our May’s What Is It. Yes, these are pharmacist measurers. Tapered glass graduates with calibrations in ounces and drams are easy to find. They are still made, but most modern ones have metric markings in addition to the apothecary measures. These are from about 1875.   Our winners are: Dottie Unruh of Lakewood, Colorado (Dottie […]

by · May 3, 2017 · 0 comments · What Is It?