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I go to antiques auctions pretty regularly and like to collect. Thought I'd start a thread to share in the interest.

If the thread develops legs, I'll post some others.


I recently bought this walnut cane back chair from a Weschler's auction in DC. Its c 1920, larger than it seems in the photo






And this walnut Milo Baughman came from Craigslist for a song at $45. This pic is borrowed, but it looks the same.

 

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Nice finds, I really like the 2nd chair
 

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Rosewood bombe chest, late 18 early 19 century. Had a lot of wood cracks and small veneer loss. Took me two weeks to restore it.
 
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Nice finds, I really like the 2nd chair

Thanks!


Rosewood bombe chest, late 18 early 19 century. Had a lot of wood cracks and small veneer loss. Took me two weeks to restore it.

Very nice. Hard to judge scale, is it typical chest or closer to an end table size? I've seen these be rather small before.
 

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It is large: 45x45x22. BTW, it is a 5-drawer chest, which is not obvious from the looks of it. Most chests from that era are very large. 18/19 century furniture is generally not of diminutive proportions. Case furniture of this type was produced for well to do clients who lived in large apartments or houses with appropriately large rooms to accomodate this furniture. The only furniture that is suitable (size-wise) for modern dwellings is seating from that era.
I have been auction hunting for years and found it extremly rewarding financially and aesthetically.
 
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It is large: 45x45x22. BTW, it is a 5-drawer chest, which is not obvious from the looks of it. Most chests from that era are very large. 18/19 century furniture is generally not of diminutive proportions. Case furniture of this type was produced for well to do clients who lived in large apartments or houses with appropriately large rooms to accomodate this furniture. The only furniture that is suitable (size-wise) for modern dwellings is seating from that era.
I have been auction hunting for years and found it extremly rewarding financially and aesthetically.

Me too. Its a treasure hunt.

I have something similar to that, also with some damage to the marquetry but I'm a dope with repairs.

This one is miniature, about 14" tall, c 1910, kingwood and tulipwood jewelry chest.


 

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That is a cute little stand. I like yellow woods , bleached mahogany, walnut, yew, but especially burl elmwood which is extremly rare. I have some 19c American peices from tiger maple that I like a lot. Tiger was usually used for one ofa kind, custom pieces and thus more rare and not as ubiquitous as Mahogany. I never go to auctions in person , I buy online or over the phone. It is a great davantage to be able to visit showrooms in person, especially more obscure ones.

Kitchen piece.
 
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This really is beautiful. Is it comfortable to sit in?

Thanks, yes and no. If you're old or tall its not since it sits low to the ground. Otherwise yes, but unfortunately its in a room that doesn't get a lot of use.
 

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That is a cute little stand. I like yellow woods , bleached mahogany, walnut, yew, but especially burl elmwood which is extremly rare. I have some 19c American peices from tiger maple that I like a lot. Tiger was usually used for one ofa kind, custom pieces and thus more rare and not as ubiquitous as Mahogany. I never go to auctions in person , I buy online or over the phone. It is a great davantage to be able to visit showrooms in person, especially more obscure ones.

Kitchen piece.


Is this piece English? Never saw Yew until I started trolling auctions there.


By the way, this website is brilliant for finding local auctions:

https://www.auctionzip.com/

Just put in your zipcode and radius and it tells you every auction around you. You can filter by keyword too. The listings generally have photo catalogs and you can bid online for many.
 

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Is this piece English? Never saw Yew until I started trolling auctions there.


By the way, this website is brilliant for finding local auctions:

https://www.auctionzip.com/

Just put in your zipcode and radius and it tells you every auction around you. You can filter by keyword too. The listings generally have photo catalogs and you can bid online for many.

I am not certain, but it is a good guess since this type of furniture is called "Welsh dresser". It is made of Elm. Thanks for the tip, I just never got used to Zip's interface it annoys the heck out of me.:)
 
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I am not certain, but it is a good guess since this type of furniture is called "Welsh dresser". It is made of Elm. Thanks for the tip, I just never got used to Zip's interface it annoys the heck out of me.:)

Its usability sucks, but there doesn't seem to be a better alternative.

Also, there are lots of auctions I don't care about, restaurant equipment and so forth which I wish I could filter.



I bought this tool chest a few months ago. Its got a great patina.





 

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It is nice. Looks like campaign chest (type of stack-able furniture from 19C). Do sections have handles on the sides? How are you planing to use it, kitchen?
 

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Which makers do you guys look for from the 19th century? I find most of the 19th century stuff I come across is part of that whole industrial revolution mishmash of design elements.
 

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I don't quite understand what you mean by mish-mash design. Do u have an example?

(There r periods within 19C. , which r very distinct in their design elements)
 
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