What Is It?

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 […]

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What Is It? April 2017

What Is It? April 2017

April’s What Is It is a coal bucket. Its background is anything but humble. It dates to the Arts and Crafts period.      It is in the style of Gustav Stickley, one of the master designers and makers of furniture and other objects of the era.      By 1905 the Arts and Crafts look in metal ware was popular and being made […]

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What Is It? March 2017

What Is It? March 2017

Dixie Kilborn, the consummate collector, provided this picture of her most recent collection. The picture represents only a portion of the collection. We had several guesses. One person thought they might be cremation urns. Another thought they might be used as storage containers for tobacco. Cheryl Miller of Ft. Collins, Colorado and William McLaren of Anchorage, Alaska guessed correctly that […]

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What Is It? February 2017

What Is It? February 2017

These are ancient Roman keys. They were generally crafted from bronze or brass and were often designed to be worn as finger rings as these were. Locks and keys are often caked with dust and dirt when you find them. Do not do more than a rudimentary cleaning since they are worth more if they retain their antique patina. A […]

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What Is It? January 2017

What Is It? January 2017

January’s What Is It is a piece of Carnival Glass, “the poor man’s Tiffany.” In an article written by Martie Grubenhoff in 2008 we learned that Carnival glass has been around for over one hundred years, gaining popularity in the collecting world from the 1950’s. The pressed and iridized glass was dubbed carnival glass when it was given as prizes […]

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