Tracey McKee of Walton, Ont., writes, “This item has been in our family hardware store in Seaforth, Ont., for years. I’m the fifth generation to work here and have never seen it used. As you can see by the photo, it punches little holes in the paper. Looking forward to having this mystery solved!” How […]
Rita Dwornik of Welland, Ont., sent in this photo of a forged steel object that her husband bought from a neighbour for $5. “Later, we were on the Canadian Antiques Roadshow with Valerie Pringle and even she was unable to give us a positive identification!” says Rita. Any ideas readers?
Ben Gossage of Sydenham, Ont., writes, “This item was purchased at an antique auction. It’s made of cast iron and has a clamp on the bottom that you can lock onto a table. There is a piece on a hinge that has two curved, skinny bars with spikes on the bottom that slide downward through […]
Betti McLellan of Calgary writes, “I’m wondering if anyone knows what this tool is, or was used for? As you can see it is an oldie! If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them.” How about it readers, can anybody help Betti solve this mystery?
Jacoba Winger of Ridgeway, Ont., writes, “This bowl, given to me by an 85-year-old lady, is more than 100 years old. It’s a round, wooden box that has a deep, opening in the lid. Does anyone know what this object was used for?” How about it readers, can anyone help Jacoba?
Mary Ritchie of Kelowna, B.C., writes, “While visiting my long-standing friend, Joyce Fleming, in Winnipeg, she showed me this strange gadget. Joyce came across this plastic ‘doughnut’ with metal teeth after a family member died. We both found it very intriguing. Anyone know what it’s used for?”
Can you help Kathy Harness of Carman, Man., figure out what this object is?
Can anyone help the Norris’s figure out what this mystery item is used for?
Darlene Hands of Creston, B.C., writes, “My father, Bill Williamson, is now more than 90 years old and still talks about the good old country dances in Saskatchewan. He was a member in the family band and played the banjo, drums and this instrument. Does anyone know the name of the instrument, where it was […]
Jim McBride of Kingston writes,”I found this item in a box of tools that I purchased at an auction. When you turn the wooden handle it unlocks the L-shaped metal piece, which then changes the distance between it and the rest of the tool. I hope someone can tell me what it is used for.” […]
Robert Buckles of Calgary writes, “This container measures 15 inches in length and is 21⁄8 inches wide. It’s zinc-plated, has a wire handle and is divided into two sections internally by a metal partition. A hinged flap at the top of the dividing strip is fitted with a pin that protrudes from each side by […]
Ruth Clark of Berwick, N.S., writes, “My friend, Dale, purchased this glass container from a woman who told her it was a urinal, but I am not convinced. I’m wondering if anyone knows for sure what it is? It’s made of glass, has a spout on one end and a deep indentation on the back.” […]
Donald Proctor of Campbell River B.C., writes, “Made of cast iron, this looks like a press of some kind. It appears that something goes in between the plates and then you press on the handle and it gets squeezed in between. The word Sultana is on the top and it also says “Hecho En” and […]
John Deman of Bath, Ont., sent along photos of this item that he picked up at an estate auction about four years ago; no one seemed to know what it was. It measures 101⁄ 2 inches in height and is 41⁄ 2 inches wide. Its base is metal while many of the cogs appear to […]
Issac Haberer of New Liskeard, Ont., says, “This antique came into the museum where I work and has remained unidentified for ages. The lever on the right can be lowered and the mechanism is supposed to move one set of teeth that are located beside a stationary set, as a flat arm comes down in […]
Patricia Salisbury of Dundalk,Ont., says, “When I first saw this item, I thought it was a bottle-capper, but closer inspection seemed to rule that out. For one thing, it is not tall enough. From top to bottom, it measures 14 inches. Also, there is just an inverted funnel where the cap-shaped press would be. The […]
June Lamey of Cowansville, Que., writes, “A couple of acquaintances gave me these items thinking they were used for knitting, but to my knowledge, they’re not. The long narrow piece has a small hole in one end on the left-hand side while the circular object has […]
Beth Barett of Nanton, Alta., sent along this interesting object. “Our friend, Ralf, bought a box of items at an auction, and this was in it,” says Beth. “It’s made of a pewter-type metal and measures about five inches in length. We hope someone will be able to tell us what this object is used […]