What the Heck Is it? #12

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

So it turns out that last week’s mystery item is a vintage silver plated cosmetic powder container.

What the Heck Is It 11After reading the comments I googled it and, while I didn’t find an exact match, I did see some that were similar.

It’s missing the glass insert that would have held the powder and the puff, so now I’m on the hunt for something that will fit.

This could be repurposed in so many ways, and I’m so happy to have it.

Thanks so much for your comments. 🙂


This week’s the Heck is a little different because I know what it is, but I don’t know anymore than that.

John and I found it at a garage sale that we stopped at on a whim on the way up to my mother’s cottage years ago. I think it was $2, if I’m remembering correctly.


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This chess set was so charming I simply couldn’t resist it.


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I fell in love with these colourful hand painted characters.


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Some of the pieces have severe paint loss.


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But that doesn’t matter to me. I love them anyway.


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They have no markings on them to tell me where they were made, and they all have felt bottoms.


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I know absolutely nothing about this chess set, but I think I might have to display it in my kitchen when its aqua and red makeover is done. The colours will go so perfectly! 🙂

What the Heck Is It? Any thoughts?

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

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    1. Thanks Florence! They do have a definite folk art look that I love.

    1. Wow! That’s fantastic. It’s so nice to know where they were made. Thanks Veralynne!

  1. So darling! But from what country? Russia? Oh, I do hope someone out there knows! They deserve some history!! No help from me! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! I thought perhaps Russia too, but really wasn’t sure.

    1. Thanks Tania! They are. 🙂

  2. Judy Bittner says:

    I searched and searched. Curiosity overwhelmed me…lol. I think I found some really close to them. If I am right they are Dutch! I typed in ….. old painted dutch oriental folk art chess set …….. in my search bar and then clicked on images to see what came up. The body style seems to be there in the images. The paint style is different but that could just be a artist thing?
    Hope this helps. Judy

    1. Thanks so much Judy! I do recall that Dutch folk art can be very colourful, like these pieces. I appreciate your searching. 🙂

  3. They remind me the wood paint ornaments that my grand mother had. Similar to the ones on the market today but they had more character. If I remember correctly she told me they were Dutch.
    You brought back some happy memories of my childhood!

    1. Awww… I’m so glad Randy. Happy childhood memories are the best. 🙂

  4. Sorry, I don’t know what the heck they are either except they are so unique. The colors are beautiful and the set would look lovely in your new kitchen. Can’t wait to see them there.

    1. Thanks Sharon! My brain is working on coming up with a way to repurpose them in the kitchen without damaging them in any way. I’ll see what I can come up with.

  5. The Ebay site that Veralynne Malone posted above is almost identical. Good work!

    1. Yes, it is quite similar Ann. The only difference is my set is in much worse shape, but it has vintage character.

  6. No idea, but they are cute and perfect for your newly painted kitchen!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I’m going to repurpose them in the kitchen somehow. I have a few ideas so we’ll see.

  7. Veralynne wins the prize – did you see what the price is? Wow, you found a treasure. Perfect for your new kitchen.

    1. Thanks Donna! I did get a great deal. My set was obviously used a lot more than that one, and has the vintage character to prove it. Which probably means it’s not worth as much, but it’s a keeper so that’s ok. to

  8. Wow! That is the cuties looking Chess Set I ever saw.
    Who wouldn’t have fun playing with it!

    1. Thanks Roz! They are pretty cute. 🙂

  9. I thought they resembled German Erzgebirge like the Chistmas ornaments of that style. So I went looking on ebay, just in case (& because I couldn’t remember how to spell it) & there are 3 set like it, listed now–2 for $90 buy it now & 1 for $110 or best offer. So you got a deal. Erzgebirge in the name of a mountain range between Germany & Czechoslovkia.

    1. Thanks for the info Chris! I’ll check it out. 🙂