What Is It?

What Is It? May 2015

What Is It? May 2015

May’s What Is It is a stocking purse. Glass beads and a length of 7 inches date this compartmentalized stocking purse to the 1840s. Two small rings slide to close the opening in the center that provides access to each of the end compartments. A larger purse was used in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Beaded handbags are durable […]

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What Is It? April 2015

What Is It? April 2015

We had several correct guesses to our April’s What Is It. The medal pictured is the Victoria Cross. It is a British decoration awarded for conspicuous bravery and begun by Queen Victoria in 1856. (Photo courtesy of the British Royal Mint.) What makes this “military medal” so valuable? To answer that question, we must look at the story behind the […]

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What Is It? March 2015

What Is It? March 2015

We had several correct guesses for our March What Is It. Jack Chang, M.D. of Englewood, Colorado; Patty Echelmeyer of Denver, Colorado; Dottie Unruh of Lakewood, Colorado; Ronald Moreschini, D.D.S. of Pueblo, Colorado and Fred Clark of Colorado Springs, Colorado all correctly identified the object as a Japanese netsuke. Here is the story of this netsuke. It is carved by […]

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What Is It? February 2015

What Is It? February 2015

We had quite a few correct guesses for our February’s What Is It! We think everyone is already dreaming of getting on the links. Yes, they are old golf balls! These golf balls tell the history of golf. A pre-1850 leather-covered featherie is at left, a guttie, used between 1845 and 1900 is at right. And a rubber ball (bottom) […]

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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, […]

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