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there was a photo of the inscription and sig, but to add the last two pics, something had to give, so....
Assuming there is no time limit on solving mysteries... seven (!) years later, I went to an auction and found this pamphlet. Wouldn't have given it a second look except the author used his signature ...
Be open to the possibility that the clock face is exactly that - a faceplate from a dismantled cheap clock. Repurposing was a fact of life back then and adds some flavor of that life to a primitive l...
Not enough impression for me to recognize what other coin die (if any) was involved. The first thing to do is to try and determine that. Well worth the effort, as some of these error coins can comma...
Well, eight years (!) have gone by since I posted this Krampus Kringle and I am no closer to finding a maker. Anyway, even if you don't have an answer either, I hope he's not a reflection of how YOUR...
Thanks, BSage! 'Schnappes' was the key word. Evidently, great minds think alike... from the only example found on google: "One wouldn't expect an Austian to know what a Mexican tamale is, but he...
Probably spelter (pot metal), but possibly pewter - do they scratch easily? If so, probably the latter. The caps are probably steel to minimize corrosion from the salt. On a side note, I purchase...
I called it 'a torch' for lack of a better term. The cotton in the spout definitely is charred. The small hole is reminiscent of a carbide miner's lantern. Carbide provides it's own pressure from t...
I fifth that opinion. I have an original - but waaaaay rustier - and the hillbilly is in color.
No matter what color the bakelite, if you rub it with a paper towel soaked in Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner, it will leave a nicotine-like brown stain. Other plastics will not stain like that. ...
Well, I got an answer.... sort of. What we have is a 'casco da carrista, mod. 1951' It's in a book in Italian and, as best I can tell using google translate, it is a French tank radioman's helmet. ...
The flap is of the same pressed-fiber material that comprises the rest of the shell. The best example of similar I can think of is beetleware dishes, but not as dense. There is a bit of flex to the ...
Did you see the ?grommets? around the holes on the chin strap too, Bussie? That bespeaks some quality, I think. The leather is decent quality, too - still supple. That ledge off the back is reall...
Thanks, Bussie! I'm definitely one of those whose foot would be in danger. Now I won't try to reload it! <wink>
Just a light bump to catch new eyes...
Looks sedimentary. Petrified clam? Is there a hinge on one edge?
I agree with your observations, toyrebel. We've handled a fair amount of Hubley over the years and this is better casting and painting. It's possible that the horse head is signed on its reverse, bu...
I added a picture of the stamp (#702) that used the poster image.
This is a hard image to track down, even with clues! And when I did, I found out that this was the image (with modifications) used on a 1931 U.S commemorative stamp ~ #703 Red Cross issue! Should h...
On reflection, I deleted my first nonsensical response to you, Flash. Done in haste. A quick google revealed all. Thanks for the keywords.
OK, TorD ~ I think I understand now. Had me excited there for a while. I showed it to a man from China who confirmed much of what you've shared. A cute tchotchke, but not a peanut (much less pearl)...
OK... so, in looking around the interweb, I'm wondering if this might be a form of scroll weight used on a scholar's desk? Any thoughts?
Thanks for the info, ToD ~ are you saying that date is firm based on the characters shown? How incredible that BOTH nuts survived joined for that long! So, were peanuts native to China then? I k...
I just had a head-slapping 'd'oh!' moment. It's a tie rack without the metal arms. Carry on...
Thanks for the reply, terryleon. So - any hint of the result of the patent search? "Battleship" ranks quite high on my personal list of 'best all-time board games'. If this represents some of the ...
Let's start with this: How much did they give you to take the set away? (sorry.... couldn't resist....) On the street, outside a bar at closing time on a Saturday night - you might get a buck a bot...
I second Rico's opinion. Mint errors can go for stupid money. With that said, is it an inclusion, a delamination, or did someone spill some solder on it years ago? Can't tell from the photos.
Dimensions would be helpful along with a front-end view. That said, looks like a Wyandotte Stake Truck ca. 1930-40s
Business card holder for a CJ sales representative?
That's impressive! But where's the backstory? Is this in your possession? And if so, how did that happen? Curious people want to know....
A man's bedpan for the sick room? Just tryin' to think outside the box here.
Sigh! Mildred was born in 1883 (making this item likely from the turn of the century) and died with a last name of Jeffries. Charles apparently struck out.
Given that Wrentham has a "Proctor Mansion" B&B today, sounds like Mr. Clampett knew he needed to make a splash to get the attention of a prized 'catch' back in the day. I'm not a girl, but it would ...
Well, I think I got the definitive word on this item - it is a piece of 'provincial' Chinese porcelain, probably from the second half of the 19th Century. Interesting, but not particularly valuable a...
A quick peek at Home Depot's site shows they sell 2x4' mahogany plywood panels ('african' not specified) for $20 a pop. Cost to cover a 12x20' room? About $1444.00 today. My guess is that is a ...
Well, I suppose with a willing buyer... but I can pick up a copy on Abebooks for $10.
I figured it was, rockbat, but after 400 years of wear, I wasn't sure. (assuming it is indeed sukhothai) So, does that mean it MUST be a vase base, or did they have another intent?
Just looked again - what part of your 'little man' do you speak into?
Our local paper just started re-running BB in the comics section!?! I guess Steve Canyon wasn't available.....
As to cleaning a porcelain sign, IMO, there's not much chance of damage with simple soap & water and a synthetic scrub pad (but start with the sponge side). If the problems aren't removed by one scru...
I have no idea, but would be interested to know.
What prices we pay for vanity, huh Celiene?
OK.... I'm wrong. These are NOT morticians' eye caps. They are actually pre-1950 contact lenses! They are made of rigid blown glass with dimple in the center that was filled with a saline solution....
Thanks all for the love. I meant to add that the folks I got this from "thought" they had a vase to match, but couldn't put their hands on it while I was there. I mention it because the ring on the...
You know, I have cultivated a friendly relationship with the local quickymart staff for exactly this kind of situation - I run things by them and they can usually at least give a general interpretatio...
I second that emotion, Celiene! Past is prologue, but only if we are willing to learn from it.
My thanks for your input, Ibc. But it has left me wondering how a WA state bottle ended up all the way over in Indiana....
thanks for those links, Antiquerose - some I had checked out, some I missed... but one was a bingo! Turns out the DT plate designation is not, contrary to what I had been told, for a 'dairy truck...
Is this too esoteric a question for this site? Can anyone suggest another message board or chat room that could provide me some help?
I wanted to add that my research has uncovered that WA issued plates with letter county codes that year, but the lists I've seen do not include the two-letter combos contained on these plates. I'm as...
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