What Is It?

What Is It? September 2019

What Is It? September 2019

   This mysterious object is a netsuke. These finger-sized carvings are Japanese. This netsuke is of woven cane and is a box perhaps intended for flower petals. Although made in the 19th Century it is still in fine condition. We had no corect guesses for the September What Is It. See if you can help Sherry Gregg know what the October […]

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What Is It? August 2019

What Is It? August 2019

 We had no correct answers for our August What Is It. This item is an ancient baby-feeding device. Roman terra-cotta bottles, such as the rare Third Century A.D. nurser pictured above have been uncovered, with dried milk inside, at infant burial sites. It may have been the very thing that caused the baby’s death. The mortality rate for bottle-fed children […]

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What Is It? July 2019

What Is It? July 2019

Though we had several guesses for our July 2019 What Is It, we had no correct answers. Pictured above is a Japanese horse bell with iron pellet clappers. Many desirable animal bells came from Switzerland prized for their musical quality and porcelain bells from France and Austria were valued for their beauty. In other European countries a glazed pottery called […]

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What Is It? June 2019

What Is It? June 2019

  We had one correct answer to our June’s What Is It. Jack T. Briggs of Denver, Colorado correctly identified the vehicle as a Dodge Power Wagon used by the Waco Fire Department. Congratulations! You have won a year’s subscription to the Mountain States Collector.    The Dodge M37 ​3⁄4-ton 4×4 truck (G741) was Dodge’s follow-up to their successful WC Series from […]

by · June 3, 2019 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? May 2019

What Is It? May 2019

   Wow! Nothing like having the previous owner of this device send in his guess. Mark Schlesinger of Middletown, New Jersey wrote us, “In response to your May’s What Is It” I not only know what the antique is, I was the second owner of this exact penny arcade machine. I bought it in the early 1970s from the Casino Arcade […]

by · May 12, 2019 · 0 comments · What Is It?