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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?
What Is It? October 2017

What Is It? October 2017

We had no correct answers for our October’s What Is It. We were thinking with Thanksgiving around the corner certainly some pie baking individual might know the answer. In the photo you see tools for pie making which include chains and a pie weight.  

by · October 6, 2017 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? September 2017

What Is It? September 2017

Denise Collins of Colorado Springs, Colorado guessed that the item is an anenometer, a gauge for measuring the pressure or velocity of the wind. Nancy Johnson of the Vintage at the Hangar show tells us it is a Velometer, used to measure air current. It is from the 40s to 50s. Her dealer Amy Fegely of Los Angeles provided this […]

by · September 5, 2017 · 0 comments · Feature Article, What Is It?
What It Is? August 2017

What It Is? August 2017

Surprisingly, we had no correct answers for our August What Is It. The item pictured is a late 19th century, cast iron, store string holder. The ball of twine was placed on the spike that pierced the bowl. The perforated top was put on and the string was pulled through the holes. This cast iron configuration is 7” high. The […]

by · August 3, 2017 · 0 comments · What Is It?