What the Heck Is It? #2

Happy Friday friends.

Many of you thought last week’s mystery item was an ice or garlic crusher, so I decided to test it out.

vintage ice crusher

I didn’t have any garlic to try, but I’m happy to report that it does work for ice. You place the ice cube on top of the rib thingies on the bottom part and pull the top down. It doesn’t really crush the ice per se, but it does chop it into 3 or 4 pieces… depending on the size of the ice cube. It’s a pretty neat little gadget and works quite easily.

I see no reason why it wouldn’t work for garlic too, although it wouldn’t mince it up like a press would. Next time I have some I’ll give it a try. Although I wouldn’t want to use it for both or one day I might end up with garlic flavoured ice in my drink.  Yikes! I do like garlic, but no thank you. 🙂

This week’s mystery item comes courtesy of a long-time reader/friend who sent this to me a while back with a couple of other items, one which was turned into a folding ruler Christmas tree. Thanks so much again Dona! 🙂


This piece is a real mystery to me, so much so that I haven’t been able to figure out what to do with it. I had a couple of ideas when I first received it, but they didn’t pan out.

It’s about 9″ tall,



and at first glance you might think it’s a candle holder. That centre area is not  deep enough for a taper, but a narrow pillar candle could sit here I suppose. I’m not convinced that’s it though.



What’s really puzzling me is that hooky thing.

You can use it to spin the top and bottom metal parts while the centre faux wood area stays still.



The weird thing is that it’ll only spin if the bottom metal section is free and not sitting on something.



This makes me think it must have been part of something else, something that also spun… like a mini lazy suzan.



The carved resin has some lovely details,



and under the top metal section it’s marked Made in U.S.A.

Beside the copyright symbol, and above the U.S.A., is a word that begins with the letter D, but I can’t really see it that well. This is the best my camera would do, and my usually very good magnifying glass can’t make it out either.

Now that I’ve seen it in these pics suddenly I have a few more repurposing ideas to try, but I’d still like to know…




What the heck is it? How would you repurpose it!

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


I sometimes share my projects and posts at these fabulous parties listed here.


Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    Oh, that is a 1960’s Dilly Candlestick Sculpted Resin Wood Metal lamp.
    The little ‘hook’ would hold the candle snuffer

    1. linda duenow says:

      I was going to post the hook is a candle snuffer holder also. thanks for posting the info for us

      1. Thanks Linda! Now that I know what it is I’ll have to look through my candle snuffer collection and see if I have one that will fit.

    2. Thanks Colleen! So it’s Dilly. Now that I know that I can see it, but the mark really is knida smushed. I don’t get why you would spin a candle holder, but I googled it that does seem to be what it is.

  2. I google Made in USA Dilly Candle holder and found this item. It is a vintage candle holder the little hook thing held a candle snuffer on a chain.

    1. Thanks Kim! Even when I thought it might be a candle holder it didn’t occur to me that the hook was to hold a snuffer, and I own about a dozen of them. lol. The spinning still has me puzzled though.

  3. Oh, how great! My maiden name is Dilley….with an e….and I thought that little word said Dilly! Well, now we know!! Dona

    1. haha. That is too funny Dona! I love that! What a coincidence.

  4. Well that was fun! I had no idea what it was either but it looks like some other readers do! I googled it too and see several different versions of what you have! I wonder if it’s worth anything… resell wise I mean :o)


    1. It’s a really cool piece Tania. I just googled it too and there are so many different Dilly designs and I didn’t see one exactly like mine. I’ll have to do more research now that I know what it is.

  5. Whatever you decide to do with your Dilly candlestick, it sure is pretty. So detailed.

    1. Thanks Karen! I do foresee a repurpose project in my future.

  6. Looks like a lot of peeps figured this out for you Tuula. Whatever it is it is super cool. I know you will come up with something creative to do with it.
    Happy Friday.

    1. Thanks Kris! I’m working on it.

  7. That candlestick is a real dilly, lol !!

  8. Patricia B says:

    Hey Tuula,
    Wow, you ladies are awesome and fast!! Can hardly wait for the next WTH is it!! lol
    Love ya’

    1. Thanks Patricia! Stay tuned.

  9. Rowena Fengel says:

    Dilly 1960’s pillar candle holder with a hook for the missing candle snuffer. $40.00 retail vintage.

    1. Thanks Rowena! I love that the candle holder and I were made in the same decade. lol.

  10. Rowena Fengel says:

    And #1 IS a hand held ice crusher not for garlic at all. Value $10-$11.

    1. Thanks Rowena! And it works for ice like a charm.

    1. That still has me puzzled too. Why would you even need a candle holder to spin?

    1. Thanks Sharon! It’s so fun to get the input from readers. I’m really enjoying reading all the responses.

    1. That’s a wonderful idea Kathleen!

  11. Here is a photo of something similar also from Dilly:

    1. Thanks so much for the info Laurie!

  12. My immediate thought was the bottom of a hookah with the hook holding the smoking tube. Couldn’t figure out how it would be safe to put a container with a hot coal on the top though.
    The spinning part of the candle holder may go down as they great unsolved mystery in the world. 😉

    1. That’s so interesting Debbie! I can see how the hook could be used for that. The spinning part is definitely a mystery to me. 🙂

  13. I guess the mystery is solved! I was going to guess it to be part of a nutcracker 🙂

    1. Thanks Cecilia. They definitely are.

  14. Figured it was “Dilly” something & figured it looked like a candle holder, but had no idea what the hook thing was. I would have guessed something broke off. Glad someone knew. What in the world will you repurpose it into is what I want to know!!

    1. I’m amazed that you all knew that it said Dilly. I must have looked at it a hundred times and couldn’t make it out. It will be repurposed soon.