What the Heck Is It? #4

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

What the Heck is it 3a



There were a lot of great suggestions last week about what this item could be…






and it turns out that it’s a tray lifter to help remove hot trays from an oven or toaster oven.

I didn’t have a proper oven tray, but you can see how it works using one of my silver trays.

I had no idea what it was, but I guess a few of you had seen one before.


Thanks to all of you who joined in with your suggestions.

This week’s mystery item comes from a blogging buddy, AnnMarie from Musings of a Vintage Junkie.

I’m hoping you guys will help her out with whatever ideas you have about what this fabulous thing could be. It’s a very interesting and beautifully aged piece.


The leather on the outside is sewed together and then nailed on.

It measures 12 1/2″ long x 3 1/4″ tall x 4 1/2″ deep.



The inside bottom is wood and the inside sides are lined with a heavy cardboard lined in red fabric.



There are leather tabs on each end…



…and two on the bottom.

The dark spots on the leather, especially on the bottom, look burnt on.



It’s a weighty box and the leather is very distressed.

What the heck is it? Any ideas?

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Mother Deer says:

    This one was too easy, compared to your kitchen gadget mysteries… It’s the top of a binocular case. The leather flaps keep the shoulder strap in place as it wraps around the bottom part of the case. I have one at home right now 🙂

    On a side note, I have a new eye for kitchen gadgets after reading your blog. I picked up a couple of oldies last weekend at a yard sale. Thanks for a fun new collection interest 🙂

    1. I had no idea what it was, so thanks for the info. They must have been some good sized binoculars. I’ve always had a thing for the old kitchen gadgets. It is fun to find cool things at yard sales, and they don’t take up too much room.

  2. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    For sure; it’s a binocular case. It would have a handle on top to carry plus a long strap attached to the sides to carry on your shoulder.

    1. Thanks Colleen. Sounds like it would have been a pretty cool case.

  3. Fonda Rush says:

    I was thinking the top of a binoculars case, too, but 12″ would seem too long. I do think that it’s a lid of a box, but probably not binoculars.

    1. Yes, they would be rather large wouldn’t they. Maybe it held other things too. Pretty cool piece, whatever it is.

  4. Hmmm, never would have thought this is for binoculars….I can’t picture it! But no matter what it is, I love it and am keeping it for now! Thanks Mother Deer!!

    1. I was wondering if it might be a box that you’d strap onto the back of a bike in the old days. Just a wild guess?

  5. I believe the kitchen gadget is used to pull out your stove shelves when the oven is being used. Kind of sort a looks like one I use to have years ago. Love these mystery, keep them coming.

    1. Thanks Sue! I think it would work for that too.

  6. I love that kitchen gadget and had no idea what it was!
    I had no idea about the leather box gizmo, either!
    Glad that your readers are in the know. 🙂

    1. I’m learning something new every week from this series.

  7. This is a great series, Tuula! Like AnnMarie, not sure if I would have realized it was the top of a binocular case, but I see it now 😉

    1. Thanks Cecilia! It is a fabulous piece, and I couldn’t see it either.

  8. I see it as a binocular case NOW, but it wasn’t what I would have guessed. I was stumped. Surprises for me on the oven gadget! But I see it now! This is a great series!

    1. Thanks Florence! It’s so fun learning what these mystery items are.

  9. I don’t see it as a binoculars case at that width; would have to be one HUGE pair! lol Definitely some kind of lid and a box to put on a bike would make perfect sense.