I think we have just figured out, through no proactive intelligent insight on our part, how to answer the question of "How do we keep our members engaged in the fun of collecting through their membership participation?" Instead of assigning just a few members to answer questions as posed by Mr. Hays, let everyone participate...after all, that's where the knowledge resides! The fun also. This way everyone can share from both directions.
So from now on, when we get Identification Queries, we're going to roll them out to everyone. SO...with that said, here's another self-answered and very appropriate question from a terrific and knowledgeable couple, Ben and Margaret Swindler, who we had the pleasure to meet a few years ago at our Williamsburg convention.
No we cannot tell you from any information we have what the purpose was for this egg shaped "shaker with no holes in the metal lid was for, but we can tell you about another "mystery" that we have. We have a Pairpoint candlestick that has a bubble ball connector at the bottom, a bobeche with markings in it to drill for prisms but they were never drilled so no holes to anchor and drop the prisms. One of the lessons Louis St. Albins taught Ben and me, a lot of items left the factory unfinished and were called "lunch box items" which means they may have been made at lunch time or simply not finished and taken home in their lunch boxes. If we had to guess, I would say it was an unfinished piece that did not have the holes punched in the lid or that a worker thought it would be a nice jar for his wife to keep something inside.
Something new to learn every day, makes life exciting,
Margaret E. Swindler
Thanks to all who have responded so positively to the outreach.