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The pictured item is 3 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide.

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21 responses to “It’s #whatsitwednesday!”

  1. AlyceStu says:

    It is a postage stamp holder. At least that is how I use mine..

  2. says:

    Answer from Kovels: This is a Victorian humidor in the form of cellar doors. It is silver plate with a cedar lining and has a mark on the bottom for Derby Silver Plate Co. / International Silver Co.

  3. zvicki says:

    I’m going to guess that this is a salesman’s sample for a specific cellar door. Maybe as a shelter from tornado’s, or possibly for an added security measure, so criminals couldn’t just get into one’s basements!
    A miniature, of an actual, working cellar door.

  4. larabee13 says:

    Im going to keep my days worth of cigars on my desk so I don’t have to have my big humidor taking up space.

  5. Silverfox67 says:

    I think it’s a Salt Cellar.

  6. ktatbc says:

    Too small for butter or cheese so it could be a big salt “Cellar”…..or a stamp dish, wet sponge in the cellar to wet roll your stamps.

  7. kbmarsh says:

    Miniature bulkhead replica trinket box

  8. TRay says:

    This faux wood curio is a paperweight with dual purpose: Open the cellar door and stash your paper clips, rubber bands, et al.

  9. Elery Caskey says:

    Small size suggests it might be a sales sample of a sloped exterior door access to utility meter, root cellar, coal chute, basement or other ground-level room under a house.

  10. joyfuljewels says:

    I believe this little box is a gift box for either earrings or a pin.

  11. Martyiw says:

    Visiting card holder

  12. ras10298 says:

    Salesman sample of cellar door or emergency shelter that would be attached to the outside of a building for entry into a underground area.

  13. kimf0523 says:

    I think this is one half of a book end! Pls notify me of comments

  14. kimf0523 says:

    I think this is one half of a book end!

  15. Nancyknit says:

    It’s a note box that was mounted by your front door. When someone came to visit you and you weren’t home they would leave you a note inside. There is paper and a pencil inside.

  16. norcalgal says:

    My initial thought is that this looks like a replica of an angled coal chute for delivering coal to the basement furnace that I remember from my grandparents’ house! Maybe it is a cute little storage box for storing seed packets? I’m sure there will be a variety of guesses for this WhatsitWednesday!

  17. 2parrotsandadog says:

    Here’s my wild guess, a yeast box. The wooden box is soaked in water and then live yeast was put into the wet box.. The wet wood keep the yeast cool just like butter dishes filled with water do, except the water is drained before placing yeast in it. I am looking forward to finding out what it really is.

  18. flash472002 says:

    Cellar door salesman’s sample?

  19. OkiePoke says:

    Hmmm? It could be a coin bank, or perhaps a cigarette holder.

  20. Mzgti2u says:

    Whelp, it looks like a tiny silver plated cellar door. Why anyone would want/need one this tiny or fancy, I have no idea!

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