A Genuine Whatchamacallit

When I was in Texas in early October my son, grandson, and I spent part of one morning scoping out estate sales in Dallas. Fortunately I was living out of a suitcase, otherwise there’s no telling what I’d have bought. Yes, I know I could’ve gone to a pack and mail place and have purchases delivered to Doright Manor, but I didn’t want to spend money on postage.

Early in the day I bought a nice tennis bracelet, and it looked like that would be it for me. I looked at some nicely priced, nearly new designer bags, but honestly, my cup (and my closet) runneth over when it comes to purses and such.

At the final sale we went to I found this intriguing silver piece, and my son bought it for me as a birthday gift:

Here it is with the dome up:

And with the little plate removed:

Finally, a close up of an attached holder. That was what gave away this whatchamacallit, in my book.

Well, that and the assistance of an informed collector. It needs a good polishing, but its beauty shines through.

What do you think it is? I probably won’t laugh at any guesses. No promises.

Peace, people!

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

25 thoughts on “A Genuine Whatchamacallit”

      1. There are numbers etched into the bottom, but nothing like a silversmith’s mark. It also appears that the base has been welded on—perhaps it had broken off at some point and was reattached.

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      2. A repair might not blight its value too much. I’m into reselling to add a constant income to my good money music related hits that are great but spasmodic so these things fascinate me – especially when I hear the word ‘silver’. I’m not saying sell it, because it was a present, but it’s good to know if you’ve got something special. Best of luck ~ George

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  1. The word samovar came to mind as soon as I saw this. Strange because I don’t know what a samovar is! So I googled it.A samovar is a heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in Russia. Looking at the photo’s, I don’t think this is one of those. Incense burner perhaps? Whatever it is it is very pretty to look at.

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