We had many correct guesses to our What Is It for May. The official description is that it is a waffle maker. The Pennsylvania Dutch sunburst adds value to this waffle maker which was designed to be placed over an “eye” or firehole, of a wood or coal range. Carolyn Kundel of Roland, Iowa; Charles Pheasant of Centennial, […]
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We had many correct guesses to our What Is It for April. The official description is that it is a bronze hemming bird. It is probably 19th Century English. It clamps to a table. The beak opens to grip cloth—and free a hand—when the tail is pinched; delicate fabrics are pinned to the cushion at the top. Denny Dahl of […]
It is so interesting to know that so many readers know what these items are. Yes, they are ocarinas. These pictured include a bass (top), a tenor (right), a red alto and a soprano. The rare bass, probably Russian-made, is valuable. Ceramic ocarinas have been around more than 12,000 years. Ancient examples have been cited —small whistles shaped […]
February’s What Is It is a Russel Wright ceramic swan nut dish. Several readers guessed that it might be an ashtray. Mary and Russel Wright introduced new designs to everything from furniture to dinnerware. Their whole approach encouraged casual entertaining since the late 1930s. In the 70’s and ‘80s people searched everywhere for Russel Wright’s work as they loved the […]
We had two correct answers for our January’s What Is It. Jean Roller of Boulder, Colorado suggests that it is probably a flag standard for a fraternal group called the “Owls.” This group was formed about 1904 and only Master Masons could join. Jean is right that it belongs to a fraternal organization. This item is a staff carried by […]