What Is It?

What Is It? November 2018

What Is It? November 2018

 We had one correct guess for our November What Is It. Jerome McLaren of Conifer, Colorado identified the object as a cigar cutter. Congratulations! You have won a year’s subscription to the Mountain States Collector.    You don’t have to smoke cigars to enjoy collecting the wide variety of items created for them from the late 19th century into the early […]

by · November 9, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? October 2018

What Is It? October 2018

  We had no correct answers to our October’s What Is It. The item is an inkwell. Anne Gilbert tells us, “While today’s twitter generation may not even know what an inkwell or inkstand are another generation is seriously collecting them. They have been popular since the 1970s when they were appreciated not just for historical interest but design and beauty. […]

by · October 11, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? September 2018

What Is It? September 2018

   Marjorie McLaren of Anchorage, Alaska gave the best explanation of our September’s What Is It. She tells us, “September’s What Is It is an antique whalebone and whale ivory swift, sometimes called a yarn winder. It is probably from the 19th century during the height of the whaling era. The whalebone arms expand out from an ivory cage at the […]

by · September 4, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? August 2018

What Is It? August 2018

   Our August What Is It fooled a lot of people. So many thought it was a glass caster which was put under a furniture leg to protect the floor. It is actually a salt dish. Time was when the salt cellar or salt dish honored the table on which it sat, and also honored the person who sat before […]

by · August 9, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? July 2018

What Is It? July 2018

July What Is It Winners We had two correct answers to our July’s What Is It contest. Dottie unruh of Lakewood, Colorado said, “It is an ice cream treat maker. I have one from the soda fountain in my dad’s old drug store in North Denver, it says, “Icy Pie” on it.”  She also added, “Thanks so much for your great paper; it’s always so informative and has been very helpful in identifying some of […]

by · July 1, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?