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What Is It? March 2018

What Is It? March 2018

 We had no correct answers for our March’s What Is It. We were hoping some musician out there might have recognized it.    The March’s What Is It 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, […]

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What Is It? February 2018

What Is It? February 2018

The four hatpins shown to the left are all fashioned from natural materials. From left they are carved bone, a tooth (probably from an elk) mounted in gold, carved ivory, and two small deer teeth in a silver setting. The most valuable of the four is the ivory-elephant hatpin.   We had several correct guessers for February’s What Is It. […]

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What Is It? January 2018

What Is It? January 2018

We had one correct answer to our January What Is It. Dottie Unruh of Lakewood, Colorado said, “It is a feeding device for feeding liquids to infants or to the ill.” Dottie has won a year’s subscription to the Mountain States Collector. Congratulations! Pictured to the right is an early Roman glass nursing bottle. It is extremely rare. After the […]

by · January 8, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? December 2017

What Is It? December 2017

   We had several guesses for December’s What Is It? Only one reader correctly identified the objects.    Both objects are lightning rods. The one on the upper right is recognizable by the marbling as slag glass, which is made from melted-down scrap. This ornament has the doorknob shape often used for slag balls. The frosted pink of the plain ball […]

by · December 5, 2017 · 0 comments · Uncategorized, What Is It?
What Is It? November 2017

What Is It? November 2017

Sue Koppenhafer of Greeley, Colorado correctly identified the November’s What Is It. She said that the What Is It brought back memories to her “of my parent’s grocery store. It is a large case where receipts of customers’ purchases were kept. The customers were ones who came in frequently and ‘charged’ their groceries. The receipts were totaled and paid at […]

by · November 6, 2017 · 0 comments · What Is It?