What is this?


This piece has me going crazy!!! ANYONE....PLEASE!!! It stands approx. 42.5”H. and 29.5” wide or long. It opens to three positions, 41”, 31”, and 18”. When closed it’s about 4”. From one side, the bottom feet are approx. 29.5” the other side is approx. 26”. I got it at an auction, but no one knows what it is for??? Any ideas?? Maybe somewhere I can send a picture?? Someone to call??? PLEASE HELP!!! Thank you so much!!!

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Open 41” from short side.

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Closed... from the longest side.

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Open at 41”

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Open at 31” across.

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Open at 18”

q what is this


  9 answers
  • Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin on Mar 07, 2019

    Looks like a magazine rack to me. Could be used as a log holder tho.

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    • Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin on Mar 08, 2019

      Well, I wouldn't know cuz I don't have anything resembling a portfolio!

  • Annie Annie on Mar 07, 2019

    Hi Pauliegirl, if you are on Facebook, join this group and post a picture:


    Or try this forum: https://www.houzz.com/discussions/antiques-and-collectibles

    I have no clue what it is but am curious now too!

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 07, 2019

    I have no clue either, but it looks like it's incomplete. The dowels on the inside look like they should be holding something. Also, the inside bottom where the dowels are looks like it's not finished like the rest of it. When you find out what it is, let us know.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Mar 07, 2019

    I remember you posted this a while ago/few months back you never figured it out?? I contacted several antique places even on East coast with pictures never heard back from any one. I say quilters rack or embroidery rack

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    • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Mar 08, 2019

      Artists.... finally where did you find the answer?

  • Katie Sara Creates Katie Sara Creates on Mar 07, 2019

    Could it be a storage piece for firewood?

  • PamH PamH on Mar 07, 2019

    Maybe send it to Kovels.com. They have a What’s It Wednesday where people send in things like that. I look forward to hearing what it is.

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    • PamH PamH on Mar 12, 2019

      That is too cool! Glad you found out what it is. Now time to find that special buyer for it. Good luck and thanks for sharing!

  • Deborah Garcia Deborah Garcia on Mar 11, 2019

    it looks like an old magazine rack

  • Hunter Hunter on Mar 14, 2019

    I went to seminary when I was young. It looks just like the stands we used to hold large bibles and doctrines when researching information.

  • Diana Diana on Dec 24, 2020

    I have seen them used to hold matted maps, prints , poster, ect.

    Then you flip through them safely