What Is It?

What Is It? November 2014

What Is It? November 2014

We only had one correct answer to November’s What Is It. Our reliable guesser Charles Pheasant properly identified the object as a lady’s evening bag circa 1920’s. He added, “Hard to tell about scale, but my guess is small. Suitable for a lipstick and a derringer.” This item is a purse! This tiny party bag is of the 1920s era. […]

by · October 31, 2014 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? October 2014

What Is It? October 2014

  We had one correct answer for our October’s What Is It. Dennis Thode of Broomfield, Colorado correctly identified the object as a holder for powder papers. It is a 19th Century pharmacy tool —a powder folder used to hold meds in the days before solid tablets. He is correct! It is a brass powder folder which was listed in […]

by · October 5, 2014 · 0 comments · Feature Article, What Is It?
What Is It? September

What Is It? September

We had several correct answers for our September’s What Is It. Congratulations to Jeanne Reynolds of Nederland, Colorado; Jacque Rutledge, Northglenn, Colorado; Carolyn Kundel, Roland, Iowa; Jonathan Bond, Franktown, Colorado; Sylvia Robertson, Evergreen, Colorado; and Violet Easterling, Edgewater, Colorado. You have all correctly identified the objects as pestles to grind things in a mortar or mashers. Called beetles, the beaters […]

by · September 23, 2014 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? August 2014

What Is It? August 2014

Send your answers to the What Is It contest, postmarked by Au gust 20, to the Mountain States Collector, P.O. Box 1003, Bailey, CO 80421. Three winners will be drawn. Winners receive a year’s subscrip tion to the Mountain States Collector. 

by · September 3, 2014 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? June 2014

What Is It? June 2014

We had several correct guesses for June’s What Is It. Our winners are: Jean Helzer of Arvada, Colorado; Joan Bond, Franktown, etc. All three of these items are miniature sculpture cases for mea- suring tapes which are rewound manually, by turning a knob on top of the inexpensive German-made coach, winding the crank in the brass mandolin’s base or twisting […]

by · September 3, 2014 · 0 comments · What Is It?