Thursday, November 12, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday

If you visit Colorado Lady's blog you will find a list of many other vintage lovers blogging about their treasures-don't miss it!
Today I want to show off one of my favorite pieces. It's another of this $27.50 bargains I bought at auction in San Angelo TX in the early '80's. The auctioneer would get to the magic amount of $25 and something in me would cry out "$27.50" and the auctioneer would yell "sold". It happened so many times I think they saw me coming! On this particular occasion I remember thinking "$25, I can use it for something for that price", mentally picturing storage of items otherwise stuffed in overflowing cupboards. When I got home I realized it blended well with the eighteenth century oak dining furniture and has functioned as a sideboard ever since.
There were no keys for it and I seem to remember that the doors were locked so I drove by the locksmith's house on the way home and he made keys for a few dollars.


Here are two views, the actual color is darker like the first picture...

the flash washed out the color in this pic. I think the wood is walnut-the piece came from England, the importer who brought it to the USA would roam around England buying up furniture from estate sales and ship it all to the USA in containers. One week there was an old player piano but I missed out on it, had to take DH to the airport or I may have had another $27.50 bargain! I always wanted a player piano because I learned to play on one at my Granny's house when I was taking lessons at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney.

The sideboard has nice carving on the doors and knobs ....

and along the back ledge......

And heavy octagonal legs with flat bars between them and from one side to the other.
I keep antique linens and other everyday linens in the drawers ........
a few Jagermeister and shot glasses from Germany above.....
and it's a handy place for glassware etc., the colored wine glasses all came from Germany in the '70's.
Now head on over to Colorado Lady's blog.......don't miss the fun!

13 comments:

marian said...

what a gorgeous piece of furniture..i LOVE it!!

LV said...

I love old furniture and yours is very nice. The work that was done years ago on making furniture was so much better than today. You have a real keeper there.

Vonlipi said...

What a wonderful find! I would love one of those! Thanks for sharing

Postcardy said...

That was a good bargain, and very useful too.

~~Carol~~ said...

Oh, the days when you could get a lovely piece of furniture like that for $27.50! It has such great detail, and you're getting alot of use out of it, because it's multifunctional. Great little bar area in there!
Happy VTT!
Carol

Maureen said...

Beautiful! The carved details are awesome.

Keetha Broyles said...

Just gorgeous - - - the linens too!

Robin Ennis Willson said...

What a beautiful piece! and such treasures inside. Gorgeous linens!

Coloradolady said...

This is a beautiful piece of furniture and a fantastic price...great for added storage for treasures! Have a great VTT!

concretenprimroses said...

So pretty. I love the carving.
Kathy

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

$27.50!!! What a bargain. It is beautiful!

Jocelyn
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Ruby said...

Very pretty piece. I like the story of where it traveled. It is told in the family that grandfather and great-grandfather bought furniture off a barge up from Wilmington. We're talking late 1880's- early 1900's. I have the buffet because no one else has room for such a large piece!

Miri said...

What a gorgeous piece of furniture! and for $27.50 ! Unbelievable!