What the Heck Is It? #8

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

100_4505Every week I’m absolutely amazed by the knowledge of you guys.

I had no idea what this wooden thingy was. I guess these boot jacks are a big thing in some places, but I’ve never seen one around here.

Thanks so much for helping out AnnMarie with your comments.



This week I have two mystery items for you that I’m hoping you can help me with.

Well, I guess we’ll see if they’re a mystery. lol.


This first item is made of strong wire about the thickness of a metal coat hanger,



It’s about 10″ tall and no matter what it actually is I think it would make a great repurposed Christmas tree, or maybe even an angel.

What do you think?

The second item is a real prize. Literally.



And apparently it’s ‘The’ Prize.

If this mystery item is really from the year 1893 that would be wonderful.

It does have a very lovely patina.



It has good weight to it, and I think it’s made of steel… but I’m no expert so I’m not really sure.

It’s about 15 3/4″ long…



and has a hole at each end, so I’m assuming that it was attached to something at some point.



What the heck are they? Any ideas?

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



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  1. Don’t know, but they ARE both prizes!! Love the sign. I think I’ve seen the other metal thing before…maybe a lamp shade?

    Can’t wait to start my own mystery series…I have a few things gathered…coming in the new year.

    Interesting items…I do enjoy your series…one of those I always read!

    1. Thanks Florence! I’ll look forward to reading your mystery series. I have to say that this series has made thrifting even more fun for me. I love finding those mystery items.

    1. Thanks Kris! I’m working on something for that piece. We’ll see how it turns out.

  2. 1893 was the year of the Colombian Exposition in Chicago- could be from something awarded there.

    1. Wow Laurie! That would be awesome!

    1. Never in a million years would I have thought of that Amanda. Never even heard of such a thing. But now that I look at it I can see how that would kinda work.

  3. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    Thought at first the wire frame was also a lamp shade but don’t believe it is. Too me, if turned up the other way maybe it sat / slid into something else. Cool item tho. Hang with ribbon and hang some pretty ornaments from it or flatware, or clip on old family photos, etc. Or like you mentioned; make into a out door angel.
    Wondering; does that silver end piece screw on? If so, then it could be a lamp shade form

    1. No, it doesn’t screw on Colleen. I think it’s just there to gather the main parts together. I think it’s a very versatile piece that could be repurposed in so many ways. I’m working on it right now.

  4. I think the 1893 The Prize is the nameplate from an old iron stove. The other thing might be a whisk attachment from an industrial mixer. I cannot believe I am stumped! You got me this week.

    1. Ha!! I can’t believe I got you. 🙂 Not sure if it’s an industrial whisk attachment or not, but it certainly looks like a possibility. That would have been a very cool old stove to have a nameplate with ‘The Prize’ on it. I’d love to see that iron baby. I’d love to have it in my garden.

  5. The Prize sign may possibly have been attatched to a cast iron piece, such as a stove maybe? Or perhaps something industrial? My Dad had a bakery in the ’50’s and ’60’s and I seem to remember such labels fixed to some of his machinery, stoves, mixers and such, which had been inherited from my grandfther.
    The other item, no clue.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing that info Fran. If it was attached to some kind of stove or machinery way back then to me that’s very cool. Whatever it is I do believe it would have some interesting stories to tell.

  6. Hmmm I don’t know either! The wire thing looks too flimsy for a mixer but that’s what I first thought too, it reminds me of one that goes to my Kitchen Aid mixer.


    1. Thanks Tania! Whatever it is it’s getting repurposed into something else. Hopefully I’ll get it done and posted before Christmas.

  7. Hi Tuula,
    This is my first time posting here,…been following you for awhile.
    Love your projects & ‘What the Heck is This’
    I will throw my hat in and guess the one item is for roasting a chicken,..butt side down the center.
    I use to work at William – Sonoma and sold things like that.

    1. Hi Roz, I’m so glad your enjoying my site. I can kinda see how the chicken would be roasted on the wire thingy, although I’ve never done that myself. Thanks so much for throwing in your hat. 🙂

  8. Hi Tuula!
    I’m with Donna, she sounds like she’s onto something. Very, very cool items.

    1. Thanks Tina! I’ve kinda made it my mission to stump Donna, and I think I almost did it this week. I’ll have to try a little harder next week. lol.

  9. Not sure about The Prize. The wire I thing I think is to cook a chicken. It cooks the chicken in the oven standing up. Just place the chicken from the bottom over the wire thing. Neck cavity is at the top. Same theory as drunk chicken except you use a half full beer can inserted in the cavity of the chicken.

    1. Thanks for sharing Olivia! That’s so interesting, and I have to say that I’ve never heard of drunk chicken.

  10. The wire thing looks like a form to place a chicken or turkey over to cook on a grill. Fun items! I enjoy reading “What the heck this is it? ” you do a wonderful job.

    1. Thanks Vickie! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. I am too. Thanks so much for participating. 🙂

  11. Ditto on all the above….chicken cooker, something off machinery….cuz I have NO clue! Also ditto on everyone enjoying this “What the heck is it”?? Fun! Can’t wait to find out what they really are!! Dona

    1. lol. Thanks Dona! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. I am too. 🙂

  12. All good guesses here so I won’t try to guess. I know you will make something fabulous out of the lampshade looking thingy! Thanks again for helping me figure out the boot jack by putting it on here. This is always a fun post! I was surprised at how many people just knew what it was….no clue here.

    1. I was happy to do it AnnMarie. 🙂 Clearly my readers know more than I do. I had no idea what your book jack was either.

  13. Good afternoon, totally stumped on the sign!

    The wire thing looks like the roaster/spit my sister has in her rotisserie for chicken 🙂

    1. Thanks for your input Wenda! The sign is interesting.