The Crazy Suburban Mom: Vintage what the heck is this thing Thursday?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Vintage what the heck is this thing Thursday?

For Vintage Thingie Thursday I have a mystery I need help with...

I got this at an estate sale in the summer...


Had to have it....

The woman didn't really want to sell it but
it was for sale and I paid a pretty penny...

I guess it had sentimental value. Or I just got taken...
I had no idea what it was and neither did she but a
relative made it a long time ago or so I was told...

I kept it for quite some time and than decided to
part with it because you can't keep everything - Or
so my family keeps telling me... But I had no idea
what to call it or say about it. Or if what I paid was
even reasonable... I wrote a few linen specialists
who had never seen anything like it and their best guess
was 'some sort of kitchen'... Yeah, me too.

So can anyone help me? It's about the size of a pillow...

Embroidered with fruits


And more fruits...


And more...


With all that fruit I was pretty sure
it was kitchen before I asked.

But these holes...


I found these most puzzling. Any thoughts?

The back is, I don't know really...muslin maybe?


And these things...


With the months on them...
They were inside of it.

So, what do y'all think?

I'm going to add a few more close-ups but
have at it... I'm so curious what it could be!



So, help me Rhonda, Help Help me Rhonda!

Well, okay...not just Rhonda... but I'm getting
a little overwhelmed with the thought of going
to the grocery store on Christmas Eve and I
just went a little crazy.

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Jenn 12/24/09, 8:46 AM  

Looks like a calendar. The months probably go in the small openings above the SMTWTFS (days of the week) and there should be larger inserts for the larger openings with the main portion of the calendar. That's probably something you could create, have something printed and laminated.

viridian 12/24/09, 8:59 AM  

I've never seen anything like this either. Bu I agree with Jen, it's a perpetual calendar. In the little slot goes the piece of paper with the months ( adjust as the months go by). In the larger buttonholes goes a printed monthly calendar. Maybe all the pages were used up. yes, you could certainly print your own on the computer.

Keetha Broyles 12/24/09, 9:01 AM  

I too think it is a wall calendar. I think the months can be displayed in the smaller two holes - - - only let the current month show. And I bet it is missing strips with numbers that could be displayed one at a time for the date out of the larger holes.

There were lots of cloth calendars in the 50's and 60's - - - most of them were printed and couldn't be changed from year to year.

There were also little wooden calendars that COULD be changed, similar to what you have here. I imagine someone made a "sampler" of sorts - - - this being it - - - and made it as a changeable calendar.

Postcardy 12/24/09, 9:21 AM  

Yes, it has to be a calendar.

fitty's pinky rose cottage 12/24/09, 9:39 AM  

like the rest girls.. it got to be a calendar..
thanks for sharing.. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

JLS Hall (Joysweb) 12/24/09, 10:02 AM  

I agree, too. A calendar holder. Actually, my grandmother used to have one sort of like this, with the four holes to hold the year and months. Didn't have all that nice hand stitching, though. Yours is really lovely!

~tinyartjewelry~ 12/24/09, 10:21 AM  

Its a hand towel. The openings are for you to slid it on a rod to hang. You leave a dirty fingerprint under each of the days until then you hit Saturday and you know its time to wash it.
The strips with the months on them are purely for entertainment purposes.

icedteaforme 12/24/09, 10:46 AM  

perpetual calendar, made in about the 1970s and I bet the whole thing could be held to a fridge with magnets inside the are missing the numbers for the days and I bet someone made it as a gift and it was a christmas gift! how appropriate for this time of year!

ps I am no expert, just had a gramma that made lots of crossstitched stuff and recognize the x markings as something she would do on pillow cases and make them into other things, like table runners, wall hangings and gifts!

CafebyJW 12/24/09, 11:57 AM  

I do agree with Postcardy, it is beautiful one with cute idea.

Thanks for sharing.

Merry Christmas!

You Got a Posty
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The Crazy Suburban Mom 12/24/09, 12:03 PM  

wow, I don't know why I didn't see it! It makes perfect sense and yes! I'm sure you're right, a perpetual calender. I had one expert tell me 'something kitchen' and one tell me something for keeping fruit a ripener. Which made no sense because the only holes are the little ones in the front - I don't know why I never asked here! I had an answer right away!

Thank you SO much... You guys rock!

CC 12/24/09, 1:56 PM  

I have to agree with everyone's definately a calendar. And a beautifully embroidered one..It's just gorgeous. Happy VTT..
Have a most wonderous and blessed Christmas.

@eloh 12/24/09, 6:59 PM  

I dunno... seems once the months were put on, anything that would "hang" from the holes would cover up the days and months. So why would they be clumped together?

If I were to guess, my best guess would be that it covered a favorite "starter" container that either had a protrusion or handle thingy..(big holes)and that some sort of needle or clip marker was woven through those holes..(small holes) maybe a special stir stick.

Ahhh a Christmas mystery...

smart club 12/26/09, 2:00 PM  

omg..cute handmade..

Momfever 12/27/09, 4:22 AM  

I love it! Are the holes perhaps to put a stick through, so you can hang it??

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