Hazard a guess at this filigree item

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Update for April, 28, 2016:

Hello from Hazard!
We received one more correct response on Item No. 1051, the soapstone bedwarmer. Our thanks to Kent W. Gates, of Bellevue, Nebraska, for taking the time to send in the identification!


We’re going to show Item No. 1053 another week. Jennie Cline, of Woodsfield, Ohio, shared the item, and adds it’s silver metal, and stands 12 inches high, and measures 6 1/2 inches across. You open it by holding on to the metal angel, then pulling up on the top to close it.
The markings on it are “Wilcox Silver Co., Quadruple (if we’re reading Jennie’s handwriting correctly) Silver Plate No. 196, Pat: Jan. 8, 1878.”
We heard from Patricia O’Brien, who said she thinks it is a butter keeper (or at least that’s what she’s been told about the two that she has). Can anyone confirm or let us know for sure?
Email responses to editorial@farmanddairy.com; or respond by mail to: Hazard a Guess, c/o Farm and Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460.


If you have an item in your basement, shed or barn that you think would be a great Hazard item, send us a photograph by mail or via email (no Polaroids or photocopies, please). Include a detailed description of the item and its measurements, as well as any distinguishing factors and how the item was used. You can use the email or mailing address listed above.


 

Original Post from April 21, 2016:

Hello from Hazard!

Phil Maasz, of Smithville, Ohio, added his correct response to Item No. 1051, the bed warmer, which readers first identified for you last week. He confirms the body is likely soapstone, and not metal as owner Diane Reiber believed.

Our thanks to Phil and the other readers who responded previously.


Bud Sanor quickly identified Item No 1052 as a “push pull” used on the railroad. Greg Rutkoski, of Tarentum, Pennsylvania, agreed saying it was used for pulling and spreading steel.

Last week, we shared that the item, submitted by Joe Singleton, of Exchange, West Virginia, was inscribed “Chicago, Ill.” But Bud also correctly knew the tool was also marked “Simplex,” which Singleton had included in his note to us, but we kept that clue hidden. It’s actually marked “Simplex Tilt a Tool, Chicago, Ill.”

We’re trying to get a little more description as to exactly how it was used, so stay tuned.


Our next item, Item No. 1053, has owner Eileen Cline, of Woodsfield Ohio, puzzled. “I have never seen anything like this am curious what it is.”

Cline, who got it out of a box she bought at an auction, says it’s silver metal, and stands 12 inches high, and measures 6 1/2 inches across. She said you open it by holding on to the metal angel, then pulling up on the top to close it.

There is some marking on it, but once again, we’ll save that hint for next week if you’re all really stumped.

If you know how it was used, email responses to editorial@farmanddairy.com; or respond by mail to: Hazard a Guess, c/o Farm and Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460.


If you have an item in your basement, shed or barn that you think would be a great Hazard item, send us a photograph by mail or via email (no Polaroids or photocopies, please).

Include a detailed description of the item and its measurements, as well as any distinguishing factors and how the item was used. You can use the email or mailing address listed above. C’mon, we know you have something you can send!

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