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I've collected different things over the years. I also enjoy crafts, photography, dance, outdoors, and "old-fashioned"/"self sufficient"/"homestead" ways of doing thI've collected different things over the years. I also enjoy crafts, photography, dance, outdoors, and "old-fashioned"/"self sufficient"/"homestead" ways of doing things. I tend to lean toward items made from natural materials and things that are sturdy (stone, wood, metal, etc). *****Usually I collect things I can use (tools, boxes, chests, bowls, etc) or can store easily (artwork, photographs, buttons, fabrics, measuring tools, rulers, jewelry, watches, etc). I keep trying to get away from collecting books (they are heavy and space consuming, and when done right, require a lot of care to maintain good condition), but so far that's a habit that I haven't been able to kick.*****Sometimes I collect pieces because I believe that they "made them better back then" and sometimes I collect things that remind me of a thought I don't want to lose. Often I collect items for the mystery of them (and then donate the collection when I feel like I've learned all I can). For the most part, I do not collect just to collect or for decorative value, though I do have a few things that would fall in this category.*****I used to collect for investment value, but learned quickly that regardless of what a person/book says it's worth, its only real value is what I am paid for it. Sometimes that $200 item bought for $10 won't make even $1 at a sale/auction, whereas the $10 would still be worth $10 if I had kept it. So, in my eyes, my collection is invaluable, but I have no intention of seeing what my collection is worth to anyone else because it's likely worth most to me.*****Since I move a lot, my collections stay small. I frequently weed them out, keeping only my favorite pieces. Many of my items become subjects for my photography, then move on to a new owner. Otherwise I'd be buried in the fascinating things I've found over the years. ***** My favorite item, to date, has to be a general's stick from the end of WWII that had field art and an inscription. It was quite a topic of conversation when I brought it to a local military museum to research it. A different museum was actively looking for items such as my stick and was happy to accept it as a donation. (I rescued it from the toy section of a thrift shop for $1.99. The history of the item was well worth the investment.) ***** My favorite mystery item, to date, is what appears to be a handmade straight-blade knife I picked up for less than a dollar at an estate sale in Kansas. It has wonderful hand-feel (surprisingly balanced for its rough appearance) but appears to be a blade welded to a pipe and then shaped a bit. There is a mark on it (an F in a keystone), but that mark hasn't appeared in any book/website I've tried. Right now the piece is in storage (the reason I don't post a picture), but that is the "one that got away" from my ability to identify things. Maybe someday... (Read more)

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  1. My assumptions about quality are based on paying $1.99 for it at a thrift shop. Decoratively-speaking, it was worth the investment; but like most of us, I think, I like to know more.
  2. Just a guess...Looks like a theater chair to me.
  3. Is the yellow end about the size of a 'notch' on a pattern?
  4. Is that detail carved or painted to look carved?
  5. For an interesting read, check out the bios for the Keanes responsible for much of the big eye art during the 60s, the same era as this. Fame and scandal...
  6. Oh, what memories! Grandma used to have this image on her wall. I think hers was just a framed print on artboard/cardboard. I never gave it much thought, but is so refreshing to see it now. I haven't ...
  7. Thank you both for your efforts. :)
  8. Since it lacks a full set of English hallmarks, I assumed it wasn't silver; but anything is possible, especially when these two aren't identical (at first I thought the differences were just flaws, bu...
  9. Not sure if this helps or not. I had one given to me as a kid in the early 1970s (mine was green and not as bright, probably a garage sale buy even at the time). It was placed on a nail on a small hun...
  10. And, yes, it's been growing on me. I actually like that about it. Usually things that grow on me hold my interest longer than things that easily strike my fancy.
  11. I also read it as a reverse B attached to an R. At first I thought it was 2 Bs back to back or maybe a 4square of some sort, but on closer look it does look (to me) like a B attached to an R.
  12. Before I read your description, my gut reaction was that it felt Balinese. I can't find an exact match, though. After reading your description, it would seem appropriate to check the Pacific Islands a...
  13. This guy calls it a bottle opener...http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/171072696/West_German_BMF_N_Gold_Plated_Gold_Bullion_Bar_Bottle_Opener.html
  14. Found the box in France, but not with these handles on the flatware...so it's still up in the air. Nothing else on the box? Or the best pic of the marks (even if not perfect) you can get?
  15. Dumb question, where did you buy these (country)?
  16. The marks are going to be key here. If you can't get us a version...then search for silver hallmarks and look at the pictures. There is a difference between American, British, and others. There is als...
  17. My search produced slightly different results: Austrian coin (20 Kreuzer http://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces14712.html). Elk teeth. Possibly a hunting trophy. Germany/Austria are known for these. T...
  18. It's very hard to determine from online asking prices and even from value guides what you would get for an item. Selling prices are a bit better, but even those prices can be deceiving. It's best to t...
  19. BINGO! Thank you Vetraio50. I never would have gotten there. Thank you for your help.
  20. I don't know if you're interested...but apparently there may have been at least 2 Charles E Bentleys at the time. One was a third party candidate from Iowa/Nebraska that I couldn't connect back to thi...
  21. Glad you saved it. I love old wooden boxes of all sorts. This one looks particularly sturdy and love. Awesome!
  22. Vetriao50 got there faster than I did. Here's another image of the "Court of the Moon". https://www.cardcow.com/386922/golden-gate-international-exposition-court-moon-1939-san-francisco/ Not much info...
  23. It certainly stood out as "interesting" in the store.
  24. You might find this interesting (the patent) https://www.google.com/patents/USD20032?dq=ininventor:bentley&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ynQDVeTPG8vIsQSk_oKYAQ&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA
  25. Thank you aghcollect and katherinescollections for the love.
  26. Thank you Racer4Four, PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, Vetraio50 and Aghcollect for the love.
  27. My computer's not behaving enough for me to do this - but why not just throw the words into Google Translator? I would guess the language to be Italian, but languages aren't my forte and Google Transl...
  28. Wonder if these are your guys (says they've been in business 160yrs). Maybe they can identify the symbols. http://www.matthewsmarking.com/product/indenting-systems/steel-stamps/ (Sorry about the previ...
  29. A search for matthews "safe-hed" brought up others like it. Now if I could get past the numbers and letters... At first I thought they were for leather craft with all the arrows, but other ideas inclu...
  30. Honestly, I'm hoping someone else jumps in on this. At first I thought the piece coming out the back would hold a spool of thread, but the more I think about how the needle is designed - with somethin...
  31. Made in West Germany. Ges gesch = registered trademark. This site may be useful http://www.zeho.at/00-english/2fs-e-gard.html I can't find an exact value, but ebay carries several from the collection,...
  32. Any chance it's this? http://www.rubylane.com/item/406471-HKx2e236D/Antique-Iroquois-Beaded-Match-Holder-c1900 A search for Iroquois Match Holder brings up several that look similar...
  33. In some rug making the idea is to push the fiber through the fabric so the fiber is laid on top of the fabric and the needle just pushed it through. But it's not normally a tube, per se. Is it a p...
  34. Interesting that it's a crazy quilt that includes the yarn ties. My grandma used the knotted yarn technique on her patchwork quilts, too, to hold the batting in place.
  35. I'm curious. Why do you call it a marionette rather than a jointed wooden doll? Are there connections for strings? There was a display of wooden dolls like this the San Antonio Art Museum. I took pict...
  36. Looks like a punch needle. I assume thread/yarn ran through the hole. Is there a hole in the needle at all? Does either part move?
  37. http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-THE-REAL-MOTHER-GOOSE-FIRST-EDITION-1916-RAND-Mc-NALLY-FULLY-ILLUSTRATED-/391035647446
  38. On ebay it was sold at $10. It's an interesting book. Taped pages will reduce its value. Even first edition and age aren't always enough to raise the price. It's a book I've seen often. I think it's u...
  39. I was going to guess tin or copper, just by sight (and because those are both common for punched metal designs). http://www.piercedtin.com/doityour.html Based on the color transitions, I'm guessing (l...
  40. Since the money drawer reminded me of a safe or a lock box or even a safety deposit box, that's the search I did online. You might find this article interesting...(about half way down - about the pane...
  41. Hubball Locks Melbourne brings up a decent amount of information related to J Hubball locks/keys from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Apparently they were used in hospitals, prisons, etc. Whenever I s...
  42. In terms of a pectoral cross, I've never seen one marked (pec or otherwise). I'm more inclined to think that the mark you're looking at is indicating ep (electroplated gold). It is a pretty cross. Loo...
  43. Compared to size of the screw on the wall, it looks too large to be convenient in something like lap sewing (where you'd put on snaps/rivets/etc). It also appears to have a short squared off blade on ...
  44. Will you like this ring less if you find out that it isn't worth much? I hope that proceeding forward that you will love that ring, no matter what. Someone put thought and time into creating it. Keep ...
  45. My first thought was Hopi, but it's been a long time since I've collected Native American art. Zuni might be right. Regardless, Native American arts from the southwestern US are definitely the place t...
  46. I wonder if this one has been doctored up a bit. I had one like this 1920s, old Gund, but the eyes were different (and this fur looks polyester where as mine was mohair, but sometimes pics are deceivi...
  47. Yep. It's for making rugs.
  48. We were selling these Citizens out of the case in 2001 at about the price listed on the box. (Though, honestly, I'm a bit confused by the box. The first image looks like the lady's version, not the me...
  49. No tush tag? Looks like the rabbits that were popular when the TY beanie babies first came out. TY's version of this were called Attic Treasures (but were mostly jointed rather than floppy). Gund made...
  50. Oops, sorry, didn't read your title...I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. lol
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