Can You Guess What These 6 Items Were Used For? #5 Is a Doozy

It’s time for another fun game of What Is It? From antiquated tools to unusual decorative items, these mystery items might have you scratching your head! Some of these items might look odd, but take a guess and see if you can figure out what people generations ago would have done with unique these items.

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1) It’s made from mixed metals, has slots in the top and connectors at the sides. Do you know what this was used for years ago?

What is it?

For train and bus rides, this was where the conductor dropped the coins from fares in (the slots) and then he could pull them out from the bottom, neatly stacked, to give as change back. The hooks at the side are for attaching to his belt. A modern version of this is still in use in the very few places where payment is not required upon entrance.

See if you know the next one!

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2) This cap has a feminine printed design, lined in blue, with chin straps. The cap once upon a time probably had buttons or ties to keep it on. The shape of the hat bears some resemblance to that of an aviatrix cap. Oh, and it’s filled with sand!

This unusual cap is an early, handmade version of a swim cap. The channels and stitching are machine-sewn and then filed with sand. It was popular in the 1920s to model swim caps after the popular aviatrix, but modern rubber materials were hard to come by for the home sewer. Since sandbags block water, it was a logical idea, leaving the wearer free to choose her fabric design (instead of black or yellow rubber).

See if you can guess the next one!

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3) This iron piece has stamping on both sides. The iron plate swivels along an iron post, which has a spiraled end. Do you have any clue?

If you thought this was an iron flue damper then you are correct! This one was kind of a cheat since many of these are still in place. It just so happens that we rarely see them. And this is one of the many joys of antique shopping- getting to see interesting objects!

Maybe you know the next one?

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4) This metal box has ornate gold stenciling and a beveled glass front. A small sliding door is adorned with a picture of some dogs it at the base.

This is a Victorian shop dispenser. These were manufactured for all kinds of goods sold in bulk, and came in different sizes. This one has the label insert of gunpowder, but it could have also been for sugar, candy, or another bulk commodity. The glass lets the customer see the quality of the goods for sale. One imagines that the picture of hunting dogs was added to the sliding door because this shopkeeper never intended to keep anything but gunpowder in it.

Think you know this next one?

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5) This large wooden drum has a lid with handle and footed base. There is a crank on the side. Have you seen one of these before?

This cedar butter churn was used for making larger quantities of butter. The other side reads “Farm Master Dairy Supplies” but we couldn’t let you read that- it would have given it away!

Do you know the next one?

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6) This metal stand has three tiers, each with notches cut out of it. This piece stands on three legs and is about 4 feet tall. Have any ideas?

The display gives it away, but it wasn’t Coca Cola bottles that this stand was designed for. As part of various marketing strategies, Nehi created these triangular stands to display their soda bottles, the necks of which fit nicely into the notches. Before 6 packs caught on, these stands could be found in corner shops and grocery stores during the Depression.

Via/ Wiki Commons

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