July Auction Finds


This antique rocker with a fancy double steam-bent seat and face of the mythical Pan detail was a recent find at an auction in Wisconsin. Rocking chairs aren’t in fashion now but if you have a front or back porch they are wonderful for old-time comfort. Since I started this post, a customer bought the rocking chair. I priced it at 50.00 knowing it is hard to sell rockers. He said he remembered his grandfather having one like it.


The mythical goat-horned head of Pan decorated the back rest of the chair.

Next to the chair is a pyrographic side table or plant stand from about 1910. Pyrography became all the rage in the first decade of the 1900s after an electric hot wire wood etching machine was invented. Before that, designs were burned into wood by using a poker heated in a fire. Hence, the name “pokerwork.”


 This table will be offered on eBay where the selling price of the last two listed was 100.00 each.


It must have taken many hours to burn this detailed design into the wood.


If I kept the things I find, I would keep this German imported porcelain “fairing” pig. They are always found in these colors of peachy-pink and green. In the early part of the 1900’s, fairing pigs were fair prizes. The pig has long been a symbol for good-luck in Germany. Marzipan candy pigs are still a popular New Year’s Eve gift in Germany.

Most of the things that were in this first picture sold quickly. But, the small buffet has been in the shop for almost a year, so I’ll mark the price down. Quite a few people wrote down the name of the color (Benjamin Moore’s Camelback) so I’m not sure if the color was a right or wrong choice, but something needs to be done. I’ll lower the price to 175.00.

I always try to use everything that I end up with at an auction and the little shelf is what I was going to write about when I sat down. The shelf, a few metal curtain tie-back holders, and a burlap bag were part of a box lot I won. I wanted the antique wooden batter bowls in the lot. When I turned the burlap bag inside out, it had some wording on it about Michigan Red Kidney Beans. I used it to cover the old brown paper that was once pasted on this home-made kitchen shelf. The one remaining tiny scrap of burlap was just enough to fashion into a burlap flower with a metal tie-back holder to pin it down. Primitive, yes, but it will work to display small things. A shop can always find a use for small shelves.



Talk to you soon,