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|Whatzit Metal Object Exercise.|
At the top of the post is a picture of a metal tag. Do you know what it is? Maybe a token?
It's a furniture tag.
Beginning around mid-century, the advent of the factory system meant most furniture was made in a commercial facility under the auspices of a company name and very few individual craftsmen labeled their product. Even the companies of the time were a little lax in marking the work. By the end of the century, people like Gustav Stickley and the major manufacturers in Grand Rapids, Cincinnati and Chicago had developed elaborate logos and trademarks and few quality items escaped some sort of identification. This has been a boon to modern collectors, giving them the start of a trail of clues to establish age and origin of older furniture.
Here is the link for the entire article.
But so what?
The April 29 issue of Kovels Komments says the following.
Unexpected “collectibles” are sometimes sold for good prices, so be careful what you discard. A group of original tags from old furniture sold one at a time in eBay auctions. A Berkey & Gay tag brought $22. A Globe-Werneke Sectional Bookcase label was only 99¢. The 50 tags and labels sold for a total of $573...
It pays to know what things might be worth.
As I think over the many mystery items I've looked at, I'm not so sure that I haven't seen one or two furniture tags without knowing what they were.