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What is this, anyway?

Patti and I were chatting the other day about how it'd be fun to post photos of "stumpers"....products, objects, things that are puzzling.  Here is one.  I bought it at an antique store in Maine many years ago.  I have no idea why it caught my eye.  I think it was the mystery of it.  I have it photographed here next to some cherry tomatoes.  Any guesses--wild or crazy or accurate--about what it is?

Those are "normal sized cherry tomatoes...about the diameter of a quarter

Those are "normal sized cherry tomatoes...about the diameter of a quarter.  Those little dots are actually tiny holes drilled throughout the wood.

There is very faint writing on the convex underside.  I can't fully make it out but I vaguely remember it saying something like "Munsing" or "Munsining".  Curiously there is a little circle R trademark mark, blowing my theory that this might be a tourist town name hand burned into the wood.

There is very faint writing on the convex underside. I can't fully make it out but I vaguely remember it saying something like "Munsing" or "Munsining". Curiously there is a little circle R trademark mark, blowing my theory that this might be a tourist town name hand burned into the wood.  The rectangular white area is just a ghost mark from tape...probably from the price tag when I bought this mystery object.

Comments

  • Hannah Says:

    Hi Jules,
    I can answer part of your query. Misining Woodenware Co. made household wooden products in Misining MI from 1911-mid 1950s. It made many wooden bowls and some were hand-painted as well, and many of the serving bowls had handles such as this one on them. I have never seen one like this before, though. I would think that perhaps it served as a type of funnel, as when pouring grain from sacks or similar use. Just a guess. The fact that the trademark on the bottom has the registration symbol on it indicates that it was produced at the end of that period, in the 1950s probably. They found it hard to stay in business after that due to the advent of plastics. I'm afraid that products like Tupperware lessened the demand for their products.

  • julespieri Says:

    Hannah,

    WOW! Either you walk around knowing an awful lot about an awful lot, or you are a great detective. Either way, you have solved much of the mystery of this tool. Thanks!

  • Hannah Says:

    It's more like I know a little about a lot of things! I do research for a living so if I don't know an answer to something, I can usually figure out where to look for it. I love challenges! lol

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