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Thread: Ok you antique people, what is this?!?!?!

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    I bought this at a yard sale yesterday cause it is cool. But what the heck is it???
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    So do we get twenty questions about it? Is it made of glass?
    Length? Off the top of my head, I'd say it is a piece of art glass. Sorry, the glare off background makes it hard to see.
    Looks interesting.

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    Looks like an insence burner.

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    We may be old, but we aren't ANTIQUE!!! well, maybe SOME are, but I'm not!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    I have no idea what it is either!

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    Is that a mouthpiece in the last picture?

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    It is about 8 inches long and it is made of glass. Amber glass. Hand painted and carved. Art glass is a good guess I think. It does not have a flat bottom so it is not meatn to stand on it's own. I though maybe a bud vase but no. it has little indents at each flower on the face like finger indents.

    I didn't mean the people were antique. I meant young people who knew lots about antiques. HAHAHA

    The person in the last photo is DH. He was helping.

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    P.S. check your P.M.s

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    let us know when you learn what it is. Very interesting looking. I wondered if it is some kind of musical instrument.

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    first guess wa incene burner,next, drug paraphenailia(?)
    put joint in end, i don't know, don't do drugs. If there any people around you from the middle east, i'd ask them, or maybe Oriental or Native American, or glassblowers, you could look that up,all else fails, call the local sex shop. good luck, let us know

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    My guess is it probably fit down over a spindle of some sort. As a decorative cover. My mom was an antique dealer and I grew up in antique shops. But there are so many things that are antique or collectible that I have never seen. I haven't ever seen one of these. My first thought was maybe it came off of something and worked as a handle. but as it is glass that isn't likely.

    I asked my mom and she hasn't seen anything like it either. I use to have a book on glass jars and vials. You might look online for something like that.

    Another thought I collect perfume jars and it could be an old vial for perfume or spices or something like that. It reminds me of a science lab tube. Since it doesn't stand it probably sat in a stand of some sort.

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    Don't know, but it looks pretty.

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    Looks like a cigarette holder, the kind they used in the old movies.

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    The hole doesn't go all the way through. It may be some kind of perfume vial. But like I said it will not stand up on it's own, so that may not hold water (or perfume) either. I am really getting curious now. i feel like it will be one of those "well of course it is" moments when I find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    We may be old, but we aren't ANTIQUE!!! well, maybe SOME are, but I'm not!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    I have no idea what it is either!
    I am an antique and still have no idea !!!!!!!!!

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    I also thought drug paraphernalia. I'm not educated enough on drugs to know exactly what sort or how it would be used, but that's what it reminds me of.

    Please do let use know when you find out the answer.

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    Rhonda I think you might be right. I looked up Antique perfume vials and there are some that didn't stand on their own. I assume it had a cork in it of some sort. I will take it to an antique dealer here and see what he has to say about it. It sure is pretty no matter what it is.

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    My first thought was it may be a handle for a crochet hook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    Rhonda I think you might be right. I looked up Antique perfume vials and there are some that didn't stand on their own. I assume it had a cork in it of some sort. I will take it to an antique dealer here and see what he has to say about it. It sure is pretty no matter what it is.
    I love old bottles and collect several types. When they were hand made they were not uniformly made so the uneven bottom is not uncommon for that era. It looks alot like hand blown glass. How old it is I wouldn't know. It could more new than you think. Blowing glass is still a large industry. But I think that is my opinion of what it is. However I could be wrong.

    For one thing the glass is sort of thick and doesn't appear to have any seams. Which makes me think it is older. If you see seams it means it was not hand blown but made by machine.

    K are there any markings on it anywhere? There might be some small insignia that might be a clue as to where it was made or who the artist was.

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    No I have looked all over it. No markings that I can see. THe bottom looks actually cut. Look what I found though.

    http://www.dargate.com/cat/253_aucti..._images/40.jpg

    Anthing look familiar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    No I have looked all over it. No markings that I can see. THe bottom looks actually cut. Look what I found though.

    http://www.dargate.com/cat/253_aucti..._images/40.jpg

    Anthing look familiar?
    Wow looks like you are on the right track now!

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    Little hidey-bottle for a nip of whiskey.
    Maybe to hide in a lady's purse or muff.

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    I'm with Quiltkrazy - stick insense was stored inside and taken out to burn, The indents on the flower faces are for cone insense. I have a similar one carved from soapstone.

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    Karen, while recently on vacation I came across an item that reminded me of your query.

    I was at a store showing blown glass and my eye hit a display which I thought looked a lot like your yard sale purchase.

    What I saw was a container which holds a Mezuzah...which is a Jewish scroll...
    I looked it up on google and thought perhaps the scroll might be rolled and placed in the open end of your investment..

    reading the google article further, it mentioned that most people think of the holder as the Mezuzah.......but the scroll is what is actually the Mezuzah.........

    don't know what the holder is called but thought that this might just be what you happened upon while yard-saleing.

    MaryJane

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    That was my first thought too - a mezuzah holder

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    looks like a rolling pin to me

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