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16 TIMES PEOPLE ASKED ‘WHAT IS THIS THING?’ AND REDDIT ANSWERED

“Picked this up at a local antique shop. The left side is copper-lined, the right side is not, and the center divider is concave.”

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“It looks something like an old ‘smokers table.’ The copper could be an ashtray and the curved area could be for bottles as well.”

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“What kind of pie was this aluminum pan used for? It was found in a house built in 1910 in rural Utah.”

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“It’s a nut dish used for cracking open nuts. It’s missing a matching hammer.”

 

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“My friend got this from a pawn shop. They have no clue what it is. Any help? The middle is rough yarn, similar to the kind on cat scratchers.”

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“[It’s a] rolling pin footrest.”

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“Ok, I know it’s a chair, but what’s with the extended arms?”

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“It looks like a plantation/planters chair. You’d put your sore swollen legs up on the arms after sitting on a horse all day.”

 

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“Found this hidden in the ceiling of my basement with a bunch of others.”

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It’s a magic lantern glass slide.

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“Lethal, metal, ornamental comb-type thing bought in a market many years ago. I’ve never found out what it is, so any help would be appreciated!”

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It’s called a miao comb that most likely originated in Indonesia or China. It’s meant to be worn in a horizontal fashion.

 

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“My mother-in-law has had this thing for years and no one in the family can figure out what it is.”

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It’s an old beekeeping tool. It’s for removing honey from honeycombs.

 

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“1 through 300 metal tags found in an old box. The copper wires are there just to hold the whole stack together.”

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“They look like locker numbers.”

 

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“This house on my running route is partially sunken into the ground.”

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“Just a guess, but maybe it was built during the ’70s energy crisis. A home near where I grew up was built with a berm around most of it to save on heating and cooling.”

 

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“Found this washed up on a beach in Massachusetts. It’s wooden and looks handcrafted.”

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“Wow! It looks like a Davis Quadrant or a Backstaff, a navigational instrument that was the predecessor to the sextant.”

 

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“My mom bought this from a pawn shop thinking it looked cool and hung it on the wall, but she doesn’t know what it is.”

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“It’s a horse racing game!! Played with a deck of cards and dice. All based on dice roll probability.”

 

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“Found it in a river, have no clue what it is.”

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Black powder flask/horn.”

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“Strange clogs with a hoop. Can’t imagine how they could be properly worn.”

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“It looks like a wine bottle holder.”

 

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“What are these wooden structures I stumbled upon in a state forest?”

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“It’s a blast wall. They’re generally full of large rocks and packed dirt.”

 

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“A silver utensil. When you press the button on one end the grips open.”

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“It’s a sugar cube holder. For tea parties with scones. Or coffee and cake.”

 

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Bonus: “The stone on this Italian castle is completely worn down by 700 years of rainfall dripping off the roof onto the exact same spot.”

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