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by CynthiaOurCanada on Apr 22 09, 12:32 PM
Hi,

I've opened a new forum for What Is It? for the May issue of More of Our Canada. Follow the link (If you can't see a link on this page, please click on this entry's title to view the entire post.) Check out this month's item and let us know what you think it is used for. Don't really know? Take an educated guess--or a wild one. Have some fun with it, folks. Even if your answer is wrong, you may see it in print in the next issue of More of Our Canada. Along with a definitive answer, we hope. But we won't know unless you tell us. So join the fun! And the forum.

Cynthia
Community Editor
Categories: Travel, Magazine
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floradale
floradale
Jun 2 09, 02:42 PM

What is it?

 

The china object could very likely be a shaving mug.  The water would drip out the bottom hole.  Either that or a false teeth holder.

steed
steed
Jun 26 09, 01:29 PM

The object on page 27 of the June/July issue is a jam pot holder.  One would buy a pot of commercial jam or marmalade and insert it in the jam pot holder. This would give a much more pleasing appearance on the tea table than a bought pot of jam.  Once the jam had been used up, it was much easier to push up this jar from the whole in the bottom of the holder, which might have been a bit sticky, and replace it with a fresh pot of jam. 

Wedgewood
Wedgewood
Jun 30 09, 07:32 PM

The China Piece you are inquiring about on Page 27 of the June/July issue is in fact, "A Condensed Milk Set".  This piece is extremely rare and are often well sought after.  The first appeared in the Victorian years as a means of presenting milk for tea.  Placing a bottle or can, as it normally was, would have been considered rather pedestrian at best.  Hence, this piece was developed as a 'need-to-have' accessory to fine china patterns.  I would suggest that you research the pattern by name, then you will be better able to qualify what the patten maker has designated this piece for.  Victorian and early 1900's Nippon Patterns, carried this accessory.  Best of luck!

bernieboy
bernieboy
Sep 2 09, 10:55 AM

I believe that the item in the September issue is in fact a blade from a post hole digger. I grew up on a farm and we used a smaller one but it was very similar. Sure made the job easier!

Bern Van Fleet, Guelph, ON

vryder
vryder
Sep 23 09, 03:24 PM

I believe that the item in the October/November issue is a copper garden decoration. Water flows from the brass tap into the barrel at the base of the trough. When the barrel fills up, it tips over and spills into the trough. This repeats over and over until the decoration is turned off.

Valerie Ryder, Brantford, ON

dmelvin
dmelvin
Oct 5 09, 09:55 AM

I sent in a pic of some kind of cement container back in may, around the 25th, belonged to my father and wanted to know if anyone had an idea what it is.  I am not sure how to ck this website for any answers people may have sent in. dmelvin

KalkiDevi
KalkiDevi
Nov 13 09, 10:10 PM

The object in the Oct/Nov issue of OurCanada is a custom-made Portable Baptismal font/Bath/tub - probably for a church or more likely, a travelling priest - used specifically for baptising babies.  The tank at the top holds Holy Water to keep it pure and untouched by human hands and impurities in the environment.  The cup is to fill the water as it is needed.  The cup of water is then poured directly or sprinkled, using sanctified leaves, onto the baby's head/body.  The idea is to Baptize the baby without the priest touching the already consecrated water.  Alternatively, these tubs could also be placed just inside/outside of church doors for people to wash their feet before entering the church/holy place.  This is how it was done in the ancient days and there were a few churches, private homes and individuals who continued to adopt these pure ideals in the west after migrating here.

Hope this helps.  KalkiDevi.

players
players
Nov 15 09, 01:40 PM

Does anybody know "WHAT IS IT" from the feb/mar 2007 issue

thanks

susan1
susan1
Nov 19 09, 10:23 PM

One of the women that work for me thinks that the November what is it is a tool made for making twine.  Her husband used to have one that was similar.

Susan Medwid

Arborg Manitoba

jazzraff
jazzraff
May 3 10, 10:06 PM

The object on page 65 of the May 2010 issue is an old-fashioned crimping iron.  It was heated on the stove, then used to curl ladies hair.  I know, because my grandmother had one, and when my sister & I were about 13 and 14 years old, we decided to give it a try.  Carole foolishly sgreed to be the "client", and I was the "stylist".  I unknowingly overheated the crimping iron, and when I applied it to her hair, it burned off a swatch of hair right at the scalp!  Many tears (hers) and hysterical giggles (mine) followed!    It was the first and last time we ever tried that!

Shirley Prescott
534 Beckett Crescent
Saskatoon  SK   S7N 4X3

 

 

dragoon
dragoon
May 4 10, 01:51 PM

anyone of an age can remember mothers ,sisters and aunts precariously balancing the crimping iron inside a coal oil lamp chimney to heat it up and marcell their hair. Gord woollard emo Ontario. Like your mag, 86 and counting.

lilacsinspring
lilacsinspring
May 7 10, 09:04 PM

The item on page 65 of the May 2010 edition is used for marcelling (waving) ladies' hair.  It had to be heated to do so. Shirley Lawton, Hamilton Ontario.

goose
goose
May 26 10, 08:04 PM

Hi there I think the item is a seeder for grass seed or maybe grains.        Thank-you

duddley
duddley
Jun 8 10, 12:18 AM

june/july issue 2010 I believethis was used to spray sparkles on textured ceilings by painters.

bricanor
bricanor
Jul 5 10, 11:24 PM

June/July 2010 issue.   Having had one of these items and just recently giving it to a friend I can tell you that it is used for blowing  dust on roses so as to repel insects and prevent black spot.  Dusting powder is placed in the top ( which is hinged ) , the top closed and when the crank is turned the dust is blown out of the round opening that is on the left os the picture.  The knurled nut shown on the  left of the photo is removed and a lubricant ( oil ) is put into the opening to lubricate the end of the fan. The machine is made of alumunum and is very well constructed.

pleen
pleen
Jul 28 10, 10:45 PM

The item on page 65 of the August/ Sept.2010 issue is a homemade sausage maker. You fill up the metal tube with your meat and use the wooden piece as a plunger to push the filling into a sausage casing that you attach to the other end. My father has had his custom made. He has been making sausages since I could remember,he is ninety years old. Just recently he has given us his recipes and now we can carry on the tradition of homemade sausages. Thank You     Pauline Bauer

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