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by JLDoggett
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:45 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: what was this little pitcher used for?
Replies: 5
Views: 1873

Re: what was this little pitcher used for?

Honey, or some other sweet, sticky syrup.
by JLDoggett
Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:04 pm
Forum: Silver Care / Techniques
Topic: storing silver in zip lock plastic bags
Replies: 18
Views: 14830

Re: storing silver in zip lock plastic bags

I would say the paper reacts much more slowly, but better yellowed paper than heavily oxidized silver.
by JLDoggett
Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:22 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What is this item used for?
Replies: 2
Views: 1370

Re: What is this item used for?

If you were writing on velum you would need that to use after any erasure. To erase ink from velum you scrape it with a small knife then re-burnish the erased surface of the velum before writing.They often came in sets of burnisher and knife, occasionally as one tool, knife on one end, burnisher on ...
by JLDoggett
Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:12 am
Forum: Silver Care / Techniques
Topic: storing silver in zip lock plastic bags
Replies: 18
Views: 14830

Re: storing silver in zip lock plastic bags

I have observed over the years that all plastic bags are not the same. Some are fairly inert others off-gas excessively. I never recommend them for fear of someone getting the off-gassing ones and damaging their pieces. I suggest if someone wants to see how stable the plastic is: fold several sheets...
by JLDoggett
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:53 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What was this box used for?
Replies: 5
Views: 1969

Re: What was this box used for?

Stams are what came to my mind before reading any of the replies, Not any other uses I can expect a woman to have used back then.
by JLDoggett
Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: WHAT IS THIS INTERESTING BOX?
Replies: 3
Views: 1416

Re: WHAT IS THIS INTERESTING BOX?

A portable heater for a curling iron.
by JLDoggett
Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:20 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What are these Bruckmann pieces?
Replies: 7
Views: 4860

Re: What are these Bruckmann pieces?

They do appear to be knife rests. Of less than sterling quality, coin/90% perhaps...
by JLDoggett
Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What was this used for?
Replies: 2
Views: 1166

Re: What was this used for?

Two possibilities:

Either it is a frame to hold a glass or ceramic vase insert.

Or:

A support for an emu egg... :)
by JLDoggett
Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Silver strainer
Replies: 4
Views: 1743

Re: Silver strainer

I believe it goes on top of a wine funnel, to catch the leas.
by JLDoggett
Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:12 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Can't identify these Lebolt Sterling items
Replies: 7
Views: 2113

Re: Can't identify these Lebolt Sterling items

Did not realize how tiny it is... thinking!
by JLDoggett
Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:32 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Can't identify these Lebolt Sterling items
Replies: 7
Views: 2113

Re: Can't identify these Lebolt Sterling items

They are meant to "clip" on the edge of a plate, and to hold a teacup.
by JLDoggett
Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Need help finding origin/date/purpose of an antique piece
Replies: 5
Views: 1678

Re: Need help finding origin/date/purpose of an antique piec

Most likely South American; from the blend of Aztec/Inca motifs; C,1890-1910; and meant to be a picture frame to hang on a wall.
by JLDoggett
Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:54 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What was this 1937 cup used for?
Replies: 6
Views: 1890

Re: What was this 1937 cup used for?

Maybe it is just me, but those angels look awkward. After doing as Warren did, reviewed available images online, I have to wonder what possessed him to add those to the lip... I could see if they were the stem, but they take on the air of artifice. Possibly it had a cover with a matching angel that ...
by JLDoggett
Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:58 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: American Coin, what is it?
Replies: 10
Views: 3149

Re: American Coin, what is it?

Aguest, it is a Master's jewel for the Ancient order of Odd Fellows.
by JLDoggett
Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:57 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Helping to identify Gorham silverware
Replies: 21
Views: 5513

Re: Helping to identify Gorham silverware

Waren, the rights to the patterns and dies would go with the ownership of the company as an asset.
by JLDoggett
Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Helping to identify Gorham silverware
Replies: 21
Views: 5513

Re: Helping to identify Gorham silverware

Plese remember the Gorham letter dates are only for those with the Gorham mark. It appears the pattern was registered in 1915 so that is the earliest it could be. That packaging is of recent production, possibly from a replacement service. The date to find out is the last year of production. As that...
by JLDoggett
Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Atkin Brothers silver stands
Replies: 1
Views: 947

Re: Atkin Brothers silver stands

I suspect they had glass or ceramic inserts as vases.
by JLDoggett
Thu Jul 24, 2014 1:30 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What-is-it question CXCXV
Replies: 6
Views: 2051

Re: What-is-it question CXCXV

I knew Cheryl would have it down pat. I just wanted some fun. Odd thing I have an absinthe dispenser but it has a little basket to hold the sugar cube. My grandmother loved the green fairy, too sweet for my tasste.
by JLDoggett
Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What-is-it question CXCXV
Replies: 6
Views: 2051

Re: What-is-it question CXCXV

OK some off the wall possibilities not knowing size: A trivet for the truly rich? A host holder from a monstrance? The thingy that goes on the end of a garter that holds the silk stockings? A cope for very light hoods? PM me if you need help with what ceremonies where each of the above would be invo...

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