What Is It? March 2017

whatisitmarch17Dixie Kilborn, the consummate collector, provided this picture of her most recent collection. The picture represents only a portion of the collection. We had several guesses. One person thought they might be cremation urns. Another thought they might be used as storage containers for tobacco. Cheryl Miller of Ft. Collins, Colorado and William McLaren of Anchorage, Alaska guessed correctly that the items are inkwells. Mr. McLaren pointed out that they are probably from the early 1900s. Many are made of carved wood, usually called “Black Forest.” Others are made of bronze or other materials. Animals are a common theme.

Congratulations, Cheryl and William, you have won a year’s subscription to the Mountain States Collector. Thank you for your participation.

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