Whatsit? Take a Guess!

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Have you ever found a curious old object in your attic or at a yard sale and thought “What IS it?” We call those “Whatsits.” Here are oldies but goodies from our archives.

Below is this month’s Whatsit—now solved! Great guesses, folks. Best answer goes to reader DDavey.

November Whatsit

Answer: They are swamp shoes for a horse to wear when working on soft ground. These shoes would be put on the hooves and the bolts tightened to keep them on. As these shoes fit only on the hard part of the hoof, they would not cause the horse any pain.

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They look like grape Koolaid

They look like grape Koolaid signs.

They sure look like toilet

They sure look like toilet seat lids to me. And they appear to each be made from a single piece of a slab from a lumber mill, like a hump in a tree where a branch comes out of the trunk.

I think they're toilet-seat

I think they're toilet-seat covers from an old-style outdoor privy.

I think they are shower caps

I think they are shower caps that have been decorated, or filled with different things.

When I first viewed them, I

When I first viewed them, I thought they were designed to influence spirits. Keep evil ones away. Welcome friendly ones. ???

Outhouse seats displayed in a

Outhouse seats displayed in a store window.

Toilet Seat Lids

Toilet Seat Lids

I think they are toilet seat

I think they are toilet seat lids.

Toilet Seat Covers

Toilet Seat Covers

SnowShoes for horses.

SnowShoes for horses.

They are Marsh Clogs for

They are Marsh Clogs for horses working in wet ground. The metal part in front goes over the horses hoof to hold them on. You can see the holes where the calks on the horse shoes would go.

Snow Sleds! They look like

Snow Sleds!
They look like snow sleds with a bit of rubber attached as a handle, with the child sitting or kneeling behind the handle. The smile came after they had the best day ever!

I believe Mr Stillman is

I believe Mr Stillman is correct. They do indeed appear to be mud shoes for a horse. You can see the imprint of the shoes on the boards. It was probably secured with a strap of some sort. But mud shoes they are ! Ha ha ha WAY TO GO STILLMAN !

I think the one second from

I think the one second from right says LH indicating left hind

My first thought went to

My first thought went to Outhouse Seats. Looks like I'm not the only one. Kinda funny putting smiley faces on them.

I also think they are toilet

I also think they are toilet seat covers from outhouses.

Halloween masks

Halloween masks

I think they were used to

I think they were used to apply and spread plaster.

snowshoes

snowshoes

They are old toilet seat

They are old toilet seat covers. Anything else would be less funny.

agree with outhouse toilet

agree with outhouse toilet seat covers, we had three different sizes in our old outhouse. Perhaps different faces were to designate where who sat where?

toilet seats

toilet seats

I think they are school chair

I think they are school chair seats.

Seat bottoms to a chair.

Seat bottoms to a chair.

I think that they are

I think that they are outhouse toilet seat covers

I think they are mud shoes

I think they are mud shoes for horses. They were used to harvest salt marsh hay.

I think toilet seat cover as

I think toilet seat cover as well

They look like outhouse

They look like outhouse toilet lids. Cute how they are all smiley faces!

Looks like outhouse toilet

Looks like outhouse toilet lids to me also.

Old tractor seats

Old tractor seats

Outhouse toilet seat covers.

Outhouse toilet seat covers.

Toilet seat covers from

Toilet seat covers from outhouses.

I have to agree with the

I have to agree with the outhouse lid theory...

They look like the tops of

They look like the tops of toilet seats from an outhouse

Toilet lids from outhouses.

Toilet lids from outhouses.

Outhouse seats.

Outhouse seats.

Barn door handles or some

Barn door handles or some kind of step or handle for buck board Wagon.

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