Thursday, February 6, 2014

What Is It? A Mystery and a Contest

Today I bought a few things from another antiques dealer, and in the lot was a mystery item. She sold the lot at a very reasonable price and I've had fun tonight looking things up and pricing them. This one piece, though sent me on quite a hunt.

Can you guess what it is, and what it was used for?


This piece is made out of opaque, milky glass. Not really milk glass because you can almost see through it. 


 There is a hole for hanging, and oddly for a dipper,


 a hole in the bottom of the bowl.


It fits nicely into my hand!


 Opalescent is the name for this kind of glass, I believe. It has that fiery glow like the glass used in American Sweetheart pieces.

So what could this have been used for? If you think you know, leave a comment below. The first correct answer gets the prize.

Now, the prize for the first correct answer: since we're getting close to Valentine's Day, I thought these pretty crackle glass heart ornaments might be just the thing. 


You may choose either the red 


or the silver heart. 

These are really pretty and were made in Germany. They're quite heavy and fairly large, pretty much filling up my hand. Can't you just see one hanging in a window, or from a shelf or doorway? 

I know there are some creative minds out there, so I am looking forward to your responses to this vintage mystery.


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25 comments:

warren said...

My grandma had a ladle like that for getting kraut out of a stone crock but hers was enameled metal I think. It was too big for getting into a mason jar but it otherwise would have been perfect for dipping canned peaches (and probably other stuff too but she canned peaches)

Mike Kubisek said...

A separator of sorts...maybe for eggs.

Mike Kubisek said...

A separator of sorts, maybe for eggs.

Unknown said...

Hi I think that you have an egg seperater

Marilyn said...

egg separator?

Anonymous said...

VERY slow Egg separator?...

@Elaine Robbins Burger said...

A VERY slow EGG Separater?

wvsimplicity said...

jar funnel

ad said...

This is a tool that separates the egg white from the yolk.

Anonymous said...

oh my the internet is slow tonight. I'm guessing.
I didn't even do a google search or anything. I am guessing this is an egg separator. I just so want that green thing! but still lol. I think you crack the egg in the bowl and the white separates and r
uns down that spout. straw. what do you call it?

Missy Walsh said...

Egg separator?

Quinn said...

Is it an egg separator?

BYRSTN said...

I'm thinking strainer, but what? Egg separator?

BYRSTN said...

Oh , meant to also say that I loved seeing the Storytelling mag in the pics.

Kate Dudding said...

An egg separator?

Kate Dudding

annie said...

it looks like an egg separator , but so big, unless you would cook it for poached right in it, the only other thing, maybe to separate whey from yogurt?? hoping to really find out now , I'm curious!

wvsimplicity said...

jar funnel

Anonymous said...

honey dipper , Roberta

storytellermary said...

Just guessing . . . I can think of two uses for that hole. One would be to allow liquid but no pulp or seeds to flow into a cup. Another would be to allow a thin stream of cream to decorate the top of a dessert. Whatever it's purpose, it's very pretty, as are the hearts. Thanks for a day-brightener!

JJM said...

I'd use it as an egg separator, myself.
--Mario R.

Staci said...

Wow! It's been years since I've check my blog roll on Blogger - this was the first recent post on my roll - it has been way to long since I visited! I have some catching up to do.

I'm not sure what it is, but, the first thought that came to mind was an egg separator.

Well, I just reread the post and you mentioned "dipper" so now I'm not so sure.

Jenny said...

Ok I love riddles so I'm going to take a guess. :o) I've never seen one of these but could it be an egg separator? You crack the egg in, the white drains through the hole & the yoke stays in the dipper?

A wild guess - I am more excited to hear the answer than anything but I do love hearts & would enjoy the prize.

B. WHITTINGTON said...

My guess it's an egg separator that lets the white run through and the egg yolk will remain in the bowl of the dipper. I'll take the beautiful red ornament!!! Hugs, right or wrong!

George said...

Separate egg whites from yolks?

storytellermary said...

Loving all the comments! (not loving the apostrophe in "Whatever it's purpose" which of course should be "Whatever its purpose."

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