Calling all antique aficionados to solve the latest Hazard A Guess?

Item No. 1265
Item No. 1265 (Submitted photo)

Hello from Hazard!

We received one more guess on Item No. 1264 last week. John McKinney wrote, “It’s the base for a spinner’s clock reel used to count yards of spun yarn. The reel is missing. Its axel would go through the hole in the front and engage a click counter.”

Item No. 1264. It was submitted by “Clutter Boss” in October with no additional information.


We came to a rather quick agreement last week as multiple readers identified and explained the use of a spinner’s weasel, so it’s time to move on to another mystery. Although I’m not convinced our Hazard A Guess? savants will be stumped by Item No. 1265 either, as I’m certain I have seen these lying around antique and thrift shops.

Item No. 1265 was submitted by Mike Bradovich in December. He discovered it buried in the dirt while planting a tree in Lawrence County. The glass item has no markings on it and it measures about 4 inches tall by 3 inches wide.

Do you know what Item No. 1265 may have been used for? Let us know by emailing us at, commenting on this Hazard A Guess? post on our website or by sending mail to Hazard a Guess, in care of Farm and Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460.


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