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The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society chronicles the history of our region from American Indian occupation through 20th century industry and life.

Lycoming County Fair

DSC08341Did you stop by and visit us while at the Lycoming County Fair? Well, at least one hundred eighty six people did! They all took a guess at what the mystery artifact was… and several got it right!
The winner of our $20 Gift Certificate was Diana Beishline of Bloomsburg!
The artifact was… a portable bar.

As seen in the photographs, when the lid is lifted a small decanter and shot glasses are revealed.

We would have also accepted the answer that it might have been used to serve communion wine by a minister to a shut-in parishioner.

Other examples of this portable bar include religious symbols decorating the lid.
DSC08344We also commend the following with their right answers:
Traci Pawling
Glenn Thomas

Other fun guesses included:

  • Spice container (possibly from western china/India/middle east
  • Lantern
  • Ash urn
  • A small serving dish
  • Kerosene candle lamp
  • Candle
  • Salt reservoir
  • Salt / spice holder
  • For spices
  • Pumpkins
  • Urn
  • Chinese urn
  • A glass urn
  • Female royalty urn
  • A Powder holder and perff
  • Jewelry case
  • Rich man’s shaving canister
  • Women’s face powder holder
  • Powder puff
  • Wax perfume holder
  • Music box
  • Lamp
  • Tobacco jar
  • Lamp using oil or candles
  • Candy dish
  • Jelly Bean holder
  • Queen Elizabeth’s candy jar
  • Beauticia – dish to hold Bobby pins or something similar
  • A boudware (boudoir?) vase for hair piece set
  • A hair jar
  • A container for hair after you brush your hair
  • Ash tray
  • Holy water container
  • Coffee keeper – either beans or ground
  • Incense burner
  • Inkwell
  • Bottle cap
  • Used as a guiding lamp to light the way to UGRR safe house
  • Mini bar
  • A potpourri pot
  • Bon Bon jar
  • Spittoon
  • A woman’s spittoon
  • Make-up and mirror
  • Baseball holder
  • A ball holder
  • Vase that holds dirt or something very important
  • Dry tea container
  • Tea holder
  • Secret keep
  • Jeanie bottle
  • Holds bubble bath
  • Cookie jar
  • A humidor
  • Candle holder
  • Poetry
  • Trinket box
  • Candy bottle railroad
  • Flower vase
  • Flower pot
  • Where you put candle ashes
  • A pot
  • For snuff
  • Money bank
  • Limoge box
  • Medicine canister
  • Antique container
  • Compote dish
  • Cat blood holder
  • Apothary (apothecary?) jar
  • Collection plate
  • Vase
  • Old compact
  • Cigar holder
  • Jardiniere
  • Opium jar
  • Toothbrush holder
  • A piece they used for communion (bread)
  • Container for bees wax
  • A trophy
  • Momento mori jar holds momentos of dead loved ones