Things that make you go Hmmm.............

We often find items that have us scratching our heads. Sometimes we cannot identify the maker, or what an image is meant to be, or even what it was used for! So we thought we'd ask for your help. Can you solve any of these vintage puzzlers? Have a bit of fun or drop us an email at info@penllyncollectables.co.uk if you think you have an answer.

Old Rubber Peak Cap Prince of Wales Feathers D J Rees Child Size

No tassel on this but the badge is the Prince of Wales feathers. It appears to be child size. Inside the name badge is for…...

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Indian Fables Illustrations?

These wonderful large poster sized pieces of art are probably by an amateur artist. They were found in a mixed collection of artwork and papers,…...

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Wade PDM Ashtray

This ashtray would have been made c1980 and is a fairly standard advertising ashtray. Looks like a Mercedes logo, but if so why can't we…...

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Unknown porcelain backstamp

After spending far too much time trying to track down this backstamp we eventually admitted defeat. It was found on porcelain that probably dates to…...

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Wrought iron metal spike links

Found with old metalware including copper and iron kettles and a copper powder flask. Our current guess is that they are hooks for smoking fish…...

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Dinky Toys Metal Sign August 1957

Original or reproduction? This sign was found in a doctor's estate sale collection of old toys and games dating to the 1950s and 1960s and…...

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Consensus of opinion is that this is a reproduction. We still can't explain why this was found in a collection of authentic items but we…...

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“Korktite”, “Solvit” tool, registered number 599540/12

Has the motto “always useful”, but what for and how does it work?

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Thanks to Stephen T, for his solution: "hi, your unknown / always useful item is a pocket screwdriver"

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Three prints of Parisian scenes

Believed to be early twentieth century, each signed by same artist. Who is the artist?

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Artist now identified as Marcel Julien Baron, born in Paris 1872

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Wooden Bobbin Holder

Clamp to base allowing it to be table mounted and so freeing up hands? Is the adjustable top for mounting a bobbin for use…...

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Aluminium Plaque/Crest/Badge

Found in a collection of mainly military wall plaques/crests dating from WWII to 1990s. Made of cast aluminium on an old wood mount. Diamond…...

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