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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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What Is It? December 2016

What Is It? December 2016

  We had two correct answers for our December’s What Is It. Vicky Kellen of Castle Pines, Colorado guessed that the item is some sort of mold. Her mother-in-law has a cast iron rabbit mold and this reminds her of it. Suzanne Lee of Centennial,     Colorado believes this is an ice cream mold. She is right! Yes, this is a […]

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What Is It? November 2016

What Is It? November 2016

We had three correct answers to our November’s What Is It. Terry Cook of Fort Morgan, Colorado; Patty Echel-meyer of Denver, Colorado and Fred Clark of Colorado Springs, Colorado all correctly identified the objects as prehistoric stone axes. These are all lower grade tools. Two lack the shape and workmanship of finer examples. The two celt type axes are much […]

by · November 6, 2016 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? October 2016

What Is It? October 2016

We had several correct guesses for our October’s What Is It. Walter McKinstry, Jr. of Julesburg, Colorado captures the description. He writes, “Many hat pins from the Victorian period up to 1920s, 1930s have long steel points that went through large hats and piled up hair on ladies of style. Some used as defensive weapons. Smaller pins for pill box […]

by · October 3, 2016 · 0 comments · What Is It?