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What Is It? February 2023

What Is It? February 2023

Send your answers to the What Is It contest, postmarked by February 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 31, 2023 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? January 2023

What Is It? January 2023

We had no correct guesses for our January What Is It. This is a handmade horse grooming tool from days of old. Modern day tools look a lot less severe. You can buy a whole tool bucket for the job. There are many manufacturers who would like to supply you.          

by · January 7, 2023 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? December 2022

What Is It? December 2022

 We had four correct guesses for our December What Is It.  First, Terry Cook of Fort Morgan, Colorado, tells us that “…it is a tube of classic (Color 1941) Victory Red lipstick produced by Elizabeth Arden following the US entry into WWII. Elizabeth Arden was asked to create a makeup kit for the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. This was designed […]

by · December 4, 2022 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? November 2022

What Is It? November 2022

 Thank you to everyone who ventured a guess for the November’s What Is It? We stumped you this time since no one was able to correctly identify the object.  The item pictured is a lock. Ancient Egyptian locks employed a prototype of the modern pin-tumbler mechanism; the example above is a 19th Century version. It is operated by a wooden […]

by · November 1, 2022 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? October 2022

What Is It? October 2022

 No one correctly identified the October’s What Is It. It was provided by Sue Connelly of Longmont, Colorado. Sue is an avid collector. This item is called a cannonball sizer.  During the American Civil War, cannon balls were huge spheres of iron and steel ~ at least that is what seems apparent when we view the conical stack of eight […]

by · October 2, 2022 · 0 comments · What Is It?