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Do you have an item you don't know what it is or have something you can't find the value of? Post it here. Please only post items that have photos. Post as much information as possible.

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Does anyone know what these are for?

Started by Earl L. Rhodes Aug 12, 2015. 0 Replies

I bought these items at an auction last week, but do not know exactly what they are for. The top one appears to be some sort of slicer, but it has a divider in the middle. They both came in groups of…Continue

Is this something for music or a bird call?

Started by Earl L. Rhodes. Last reply by Jerry Vath Aug 17, 2014. 1 Reply

I found this item at a garage sale last week and cannot quite figure out what its for. Its 10 1/2" long and is constructed of wood with a lead mouthpiece and another piece of lead where the sound…Continue

Who is this?

Started by Howard Jack. Last reply by Howard Jack Apr 2, 2014. 3 Replies

Looking for information on who and what this is.Continue

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Comment by Don Wagner on February 9, 2012 at 2:19am

Krista - If you still have this piece and are looking for information on it, I would send photos to the Museum of Man in Vancouver, BC. They are an incredible knowledge base of Archeological and Anthropological research on indigenous American peoples and their artifacts. The Mississippi River is an ancient trade route, so this piece could have come from very far away.

From a fellow Quad-Citian

Comment by Vena Hare on June 26, 2011 at 6:16pm
Anyone have any idea who made this piece of pottery, when it was made, and if it has a name?
Comment by Vena Hare on June 26, 2011 at 6:14pm
Comment by Connie Swaim on April 25, 2011 at 8:34am

Krista, Put this in a Discussion so more people will see it and respond. Click on "start a Discussion" rather than a wall comment.


Also, I would strongly urge you to take this to a museum so they can see it first hand to see if it is carved, age, etc. This is not something that might be easily evaluated from photographs.


Comment by Krista Frandsen on April 25, 2011 at 7:38am
My husband found this while doing an excavating job. As he was digging, he released the bucket of dirt, and this fell out. It was in the Quad Cities area and the Mississippi River is near. Do you have any idea or thoughts on what this could be? Or where I could take it to find out?
Comment by Don Wagner on April 15, 2011 at 11:56pm
It's a very nice specimen cabinet.  My brother is a Doctor of Anthropology and his university (founded in 1837) has similar cabinets full of artifacts. It seems like I saw a photo of similar ones at the Chicago Field Museum as well. This is where they keep the hundreds of thousands of items that are not on display, but available to researchers.
Comment by Tom Donovan on April 15, 2011 at 12:57pm
Comment by Roy Peterson on March 15, 2011 at 2:39pm
$200 was a steal!  Congratulations on your good shopping!
Comment by David Prickett on March 15, 2011 at 2:27pm

Hi Roy (and Connie!).  Sure...we actually contacted the Paleontological Department at UT with the same question we posed on this forum and got back a reply.  This "specimen cabinet" was in fact in the department decades ago and used to store fossils, bones, etc.  (Cool!)  We obtained it at auction at a storage unit facility (the owner was auctioning off large equipment and this piece after the unit sales).  He said his family had been in possession of the piece for 30 years.  I'm not sure how he acquired it.  There doesn't seem to be too many of them around anymore that I could see online.  I paid $200 for it which I thought was a bargain.  Thank you for your comments.

Comment by Roy Peterson on March 15, 2011 at 11:53am
It is a BEAUTIFUL cabinet!  I have always wanted one like this myself.  Could you help other collectors interested in something like this some details on your purchase?  Info like what part of the country are you in; what type of venue did you buy this at (auction, shop, used furniture sale at a school, etc.); and approx. price paid.  Thank you very much in advance.

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