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What Is It? January 2015

What Is It? January 2015

We had several correct answers to our January’s What Is It contest. Yes, the item is a toast holder or rack. This one is silver-plated from Cunard’s second Caronia, launched in 1947. It was bought in 1974 for five dollars at a shipboard sale after the vessel’s retirement. Congratulations to Cheryl Miller of Ft. Collins,  Colorado; Dottie Unruh of Lakewood, […]

by · January 4, 2015 · 0 comments · What Is It?
What Is It? December 2014

What Is It? December 2014

We had one correct answer for our  December’s What Is It. Norman Thompson of Louisville, Colorado correctly identified the object as an apple peeler or parer. The object to the left is an apple parer. This particular one is a painted Pennsylvania Dutch decorated 2-foot-long apple parer. It is meant to be straddled. It includes the name of Samuel Skann, […]

by · December 6, 2014 · 0 comments · 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?