What Is It?

What Is It? September 2022

What Is It? September 2022

Send your answers to the What Is It contest, postmarked by September 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 · September 4, 2022 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? August 2022

What Is It? August 2022

 Elizabeth Puls of Boulder, Colorado guessed that these objects are hand-held musical instruments, blown by mouth and fingered on various holes drilled into the sides. They are probably made out of gourds, bone, maybe plastic or wood. I think they probably came from South America in origin—Peru, Chile, Ecuador. They could be called “pig whistles” or “whistle-pigs” or “shepherd’s flutes.” […]

by · August 2, 2022 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? July 2022

What Is It? July 2022

 July’s What Is It? appears to be a collection of mid-19th century black-lacquered and hand-painted papier mache boxes according to William McLaren of Alaska. Most appear to be snuff boxes. Portraits of prominent people or landscapes are commonly seen, as are gilded initials and inscriptions.  The portrait box in the top middle is of a shape to hold cheroot (cigars) […]

by · July 4, 2022 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? June 2022

What Is It? June 2022

 Our June What Is It is Evel Knievel’s stunt cycle issued by Ideal Toy Co., all plastic.  We had no correct guesses for our June What Is It.  Certainly you remember Evel Knievel.  If Evel Knievel could be considered a legend of the 1970s, then the toys created in his name clearly were legendary.  Knievel became America’s number one daredevil […]

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What Is It? May 2022

What Is It? May 2022

 Marjorie McLaren of Anchorage, Alaska thought this object might be a metal wrist-bracelet with a keyring attached. It is actually a Victorian silvered metal adjustable dog collar.  The engraving on the collar says Frank Hamblin of City Coal Co. of Bath (England).  Marjorie found out that there is an interesting side story to this person. Frank (the son) and William […]

by · May 6, 2022 · 0 comments · What Is It?