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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. 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...
  2. 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,...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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?
  8. http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-THE-REAL-MOTHER-GOOSE-FIRST-EDITION-1916-RAND-Mc-NALLY-FULLY-ILLUSTRATED-/391035647446
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. BTW - just because it's not marked 925 doesn't mean it's not sterling, it just points even more toward an artisan piece that was not intended for resale (or at least was intended for informal resale)....
  14. Again, check the clasp and the back of the pendant. Look for 925 or similar. There are a few things about this that make me guess that it's artisan made (something that might have been purchased at a ...
  15. 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...
  16. Pearls are something I usually judge by feel. The sterling clasp unfortunately doesn't imply genuine pearls. This offers a pretty good summary http://www.thepearlmarket.co.uk/inherited-pearls.htm -- I...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. Yep. It's for making rugs.
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. I've seen this before but in cream-colored (also not painted) plastic. My grandma had a whole set (6, maybe). She had them displayed for as long as I could remember...so at least since the 1970s. ...
  25. Oops, sorry, didn't read your title...I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. lol
  26. Looks like an oil lamp, to me.
  27. If you're trying to determine value, most of the religious medals/crosses I have (regardless of age or metal) aren't worth much (only the cost of the scrap metal). I found that surprising/disappointin...
  28. Coil baskets are made in many places around the world. Without reading the comments this reminded me strongly of the collection of baskets a friend had - all made by Native Americans in the Southwest ...
  29. Do you have a macro/close-up setting on your camera (usually represented by a small flower)? (Be careful about getting too close or too far from the subject, the focal length will be important here.) ...
  30. I don't know if the forum will allow me to post this link, but it's the closest I got to the information I think you're looking for (something beyond the selling of commercial "light blue" turquoise j...
  31. I have a picture of these on a ladder for a slide (playground). They may have been used for other things, as well, though.
  32. These 3 items remind me of the mini Mexican blankets sold at shops/flea markets here in southern Texas as decoration/mousepads (the smallest ones). Trying to find the exact artist of one of the pieces...
  33. Reminds me of the styles of the glow-in-the-dark ones we had when I was a kid in the early 1970s (but ours were articulated). Does this one glow-in-the-dark?
  34. Some things intrigue me, other things bother me. I really wish we had a general 'artisan' category. I can't put a finger on it. Can you say where (generally) the estate sale was located? Do you rememb...
  35. Several of the bakeries around Chicago used to make them. The last I checked a few still do. I'm not sure how you would date it, since I remember these from my own childhood in the 70s. We used to get...
  36. Every piece of jewelry has value to someone. People collect vintage, themes, styles, and even parts for up-cycling (making new items from old pieces). Based on what I see here, I'd be most curious abo...
  37. I know nothing about this artist (though I love the photograph), but fyi - when shooting through glass a polarizing filter helps (if your camera can take filters). If you tend to do a lot of shooting ...
  38. It's a prosthetic arm. I assume it's one of the versions that wraps around the body and flexing torso muscles to open/shut the pincher-hand. I can only find a child's version (to help determine value)...
  39. This Ebay listing indicates a 10 stamped on the back. I have a feeling, indeed, that your handle broke off. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-WILTON-Cast-Iron-Kitchen-Trivet-w-Broom-Heart-Design-/22108...
  40. Atari 400 (with box) is running for approximately $30 on Ebay. The Atari 400 was one of the first home 'computers' and was primarily used for games like PacMan and QBert. The Atari 600xl is on Ebay fo...
  41. Also, if you call it a 'vintage carnival mirror', I think you'll find more similar products to compare it to.
  42. It's true. These were carnival prizes that were particularly popular back in the 1980s. They were very common and came in a variety of themes (anything that was popular at the time: Teenage Mutant Nin...
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