What the Heck Is It #11

Happy Thursday friends, and welcome to another edition of What the Heck Is It?

What the Heck Is It? # 10In the last What the Heck? I was quite surprised to discover from your comments that this interesting kitchen gadget was a butter curler, and could be used as a chocolate curler too.

I have yet to try it because I’ve been so busy happily painting for my kitchen makeover, but I certainly will.

Thanks to everyone for your comments.


I picked up this week’s mystery item at a nearby Salvation Army store for $1.

This old beauty’s aged and kinda beaten up patina got me.

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It’s about 6″ across and 4 ” high with the lid on.


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Check out all the beautiful details on the lid…


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… and that detailing continues on the sides and the frames around the six little windows.


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There’s a little flower mark with a Y inside it on the bottom, and it’s also marked Made in Japan.


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Both parts have a good weight to them,  and they sit on 3 sweet little feet.

What the heck it it? Any ideas?

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

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    1. Thanks Julie. I never would have thought of that. 🙂

  1. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    Looks like it would had held a small glass bowl ad maybe used as a candy dish

    1. Thanks Colleen! I agree with you that it must have had a glass insert of some kind. It certainly could be used as a candy dish.

  2. How about a loose powder container? It sure is pretty!

    1. Fonda Rush says:

      This is my guess, too. It’s missing the glass insert that would hold the powder.

      1. Thanks for both your suggestions Fonda. 🙂

    2. Thanks Cindy! I remember my mother having one of those in some kind of plastic container. This could be a much earlier version of that.

  3. I would guess a jewelry casket because of the windows. It is so pretty!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I’ve never heard of a jewelry casket, but maybe that’s what I’ll use it for when I find a glass bowl to fit inside. I think it would pretty on my dresser.

  4. Could it possibly be a hair saver? Ladies used to have them as part of their brush, comb, and mirror sets. I think they saved their hair combings for wigs and /or family jewelry. Kind of gross, but interesting.

    1. Fonda Rush says:

      This would be my second guess, after loose powder holder (that’s missing the glass insert).

    2. Thanks Jessie! The hair cold be removed from the brush and immediately put right into this container if it was kept on a dresser. That is interesting!

  5. I can’t tell if it has a bottom or not. If so, my first thought was incense burner, but that’s probably not right. It looks too open.

    1. The last picture is the open bottom so I guess a glass insert of some type provided the bottom. Maybe incense could be burned when the insert is in. Thanks for the suggestion Florence.

  6. I think it would have been on a ladies dressing table to hold something. hair pins, cotton balls, necklace, or powder like Cindy mentioned? If it says made in Japan, wouldn’t it have been made after the war years?

    1. It would look pretty on a dressing table that’s for sure, and could really be used to store so many things. I think you’re right about the Made in Japan mark. Thanks Ronny!

  7. I remember my granny having something like this that her body powder container sat in. It’s very pretty! Have a lovely Friday.

    1. Thanks Vicky! Now I’m on the hunt for some kind of glass insert that I can put inside so I can use it on my dresser. Wishing you a lovely weekend. 🙂

  8. Wow, that is pretty! So much detail! I don’t KNOW what it is, but I’d LIKE it to be something to sit on a lady’s dressing table. To save hair, if it’s older, for loose powder if it’s younger. I saw a wreath once, on a tour of an old mansion in California, that was made of hair. It was quite large and had several different shades of hair in it, probably from all the different female members of the family. Interesting, the things people do, huh? I’m looking forward to hearing what the outcome of this is! Dona

    1. Those are two great suggestions Dona. A hair wreath sounds kinda weird, but they did different things back in the day. I’m sure it was beautiful!

  9. marjeanne says:

    I too think it is for body powder, I remember my grandmother also having something similar on her dresser

    1. Thanks Marjeanne! Do they even sell body powder like this anymore? I have no idea.

    1. Thanks Donna! Body powder container seems to be winning the day.

  10. I think it is an inkwell. The glass jar that held the ink is missing. Very pretty!

    1. Thanks Kay! I’ve never seen an old inkwell so maybe it is. I agree with you that it is very pretty.

  11. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    Find insert that fits, put on dresser and use as trinket box or in bathroom to hold Q tips, cotton balls, etc.
    Lots of possibilities on what it could be used for.
    Best of luck on finding insert. Hope you find an insert, as it’s too pretty not to use for something

    1. Thanks Colleen! I’m on the hunt now to find something that will fit.

  12. Judy Bittner says:

    It did have a glass insert with a large puffy/furry powder puff and body powder. Made a lady feel so decadent! Brings back so many memories of childhood, and sneaking into my mom’s. Powder went EVERY WHERE !!!!!! LOL

    1. lol. I can just imagine that. 🙂

  13. I’m thinking powder container also. Very interesting discussion!

    1. Thanks Mrs. T. That seems to be the consensus. I won’t be using it for that, but I will definitely be using it once I find an insert.

    1. Thanks Mary! It was just too pretty to leave at the thrift store.

  14. It is lovely–but I’m clueless, Tuula! Thank you for sharing your fun finds @Vintage Charm!

    1. Thanks Cecilia! I had no idea was it was either, but it is pretty.