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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. Fair enough. If I hadn't seen the mark, I wouldn't have concluded that it was a precious metal. I relied on the mark, but marks can be faked. I don't work with enough jewelry anymore for that to be my...
  2. Good point. I hadn't checked. I have a strong magnet that I used to use for such things. I don't know why that escaped me. (Out of practice, I guess.) I pulled it out. The piece is not magnetic.
  3. Sorry, I bet that stamp just says sterling, so I'd do more research on mid-century Christian jewelry in an attempt to find a match.
  4. The dove represents the Holy Spirit in Christian denominations. The Christian dove is commonly displayed pointing down, sometimes surrounded by a flame going up. I would guess that this is related to ...
  5. I'm inclined to wonder if it's a precious metal. It bends very easily. I'll need to have a jeweler check it, because (like I said) there are no markings...and I don't want to risk breaking it.
  6. The closest I can find is something called a nurse's belt buckle, but I haven't found one with this type of coloring.
  7. I don't have a measuring tool nearby, but it's almost as wide as a standard CD. It's probably 3.5-4 inches wide.
  8. Thank you.
  9. Could it be for mail?
  10. Is there any chance it's pewter? I have a similar one - very heavy - stamped pewter.
  11. She was on a shelf of misc at a run-of-the-mill Goodwill. Sometimes you just get lucky. :)
  12. That answered a lot. Thank you so much. I was stuck running in "DEP doll" circles online (all of which were larger than I have and not having bodies of this material). I really appreciate your res...
  13. Ok, last guess before I move on. You might look at antique smoking chairs (the ones that were intended for "sitting backward" and resting your arms on the "back rail" while you smoke.
  14. On a side note, in searching for something similar, reading chairs are rather interesting, as well. Supporting the idea that not all chairs are intended for "frontward sitting".
  15. It does, however, seem suited for sitting "backward" (facing the rail) and storing/holding something in that extra piece. Things like milking, tailoring, painting, working on a vertical/horizontal sur...
  16. I wonder if it could be a paperweight or other part of a desk set. I have a matching iron bookend.
  17. Normally I see brass items like this being made in India. I see another listed as Korean. Apparently the raised trunk means good luck...
  18. Is this it? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lucky-Large-Heavy-Brass-Elephant-Figure-Statue-Trunk-Up-Figurine-/301677072477?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item463d5ad05d
  19. Looks like Montego? in the corner... Lots of Austin artists. Good luck with your search.
  20. I don't normally do paintings, but I think I can offer the subject matter. My Guess is a picture of Austin TX with the iconic TX blue bonnets in front and the capital building dome in the back. I'm no...
  21. I think if you do a search for carved obsidian - aztec style, you will find objects similar to this.
  22. People collect all sorts of things. It's a bit newer than the type I normally buy, but I've seen people buy (to collect) ones that are newer than this. I don't know what the going rate is, though. The...
  23. I think it's SLC...perhaps Saint something College. Otherwise, there is nothing on the class ring to indicate the college and that's usually half the image.
  24. FYI https://www.etsy.com/listing/211321430/vintage-stanley-chrome-hot-and-cold?ref=market looks similar and theirs comes with a patent number...
  25. Not sure why it doesn't make sense. Mexican hot cocoa is made using similar tools... My first thought was also a hot cocoa tool.
  26. I wonder if the French make a flatbread similar to this https://breadcakesandale.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/los-angeles-peda-bread-a-version-of-armenian-matnakash/. Or, what about crackers? Otherwise, I...
  27. I'm not sure what they actually are, but they would be great for stamping fabric for quilting/french knot design...What an idea for making, myself!
  28. I'm not sure that that's a black widow. It reminds me of native symbols for Grandmother spider woman: mother of all...goddess in some tribes. And, my eye probably sees something different than everyon...
  29. Here's my opinion, having held on to way too many things with the thought/knowledge that they might be worth something. a) Right now, as a bracelet, it's not worth much to you because you won't wear i...
  30. Maybe a grape or apple press (grape juice/apple juice)...something along those lines.
  31. I've been away from these things for too long. I should know this one. I believe it's food related...my first guess is for tomatoes, but again I'm rusty (and I've got other things like corn going thro...
  32. I'm stuck...I checked silent film actors, voice-over people, Broadway actors, radio personalities (and politicians, prominent businessmen, etc)...reality is - it could be someone who went to NY to act...
  33. I'm not convinced it's Bowman, though that could be one option. This one has flouncy writing. At first I thought Bess was Ben... Is the thing in the top right a reflection of the camera or something i...
  34. Interesting observation...World Fair was also in NY around this time...that could complicate things.
  35. I can't tell, but maybe it's related to this...that mentions both St Thomas and Mary and uses the term 'confraternity' that is similar to one of the words on your medal...http://www.angelicwarfareconf...
  36. Looks like a St Thomas Aquinas medal on one side (rough translation related to roses and host of angels). The other side mentions Truth/Blessed be the Name of the Lord...doesn't show images (of a pray...
  37. He looks familiar, but I can't give you a name. [Is that a microphone by his head?] Date-wise, however, apparently Underwood&Underwood closed their doors in the 1940s. They used to do stereographs, bu...
  38. Again, this isn't my specialty, but something about the detailing of the horse makes me question 'Native American'. At first I thought, instead, Mexican (since geographically it's close to the SW US -...
  39. It reminds me of the Koyemsi/Mudhead Kachina. I'm not a collector of Hopi art/artifacts, so I might be wrong. It's just what (on knee-jerk reaction) it reminded me of.
  40. Just a guess...Looks like a theater chair to me.
  41. Is the yellow end about the size of a 'notch' on a pattern?
  42. Is that detail carved or painted to look carved?
  43. 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...
  44. 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...
  45. 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
  46. 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?
  47. Dumb question, where did you buy these (country)?
  48. 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...
  49. 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...
  50. 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...
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