I got a couple more Ball jars with zinc lids. Pints this time, for storing dried herbs from the garden. I also got a kerosene lamp converted to an electric that is cute and just needs a shade. My real find was this though,
It's a pewter chamberstick, a Colonial Williamsburg reproduction made by Steiff. No one else was interested because it appeared to have been dropped, and had a little dent in the candle cup. I don't care about that, and thought I got a real bargain.
In the 'ones that got away' catagory, I went to a different auction a couple of weeks ago, specifically to bid on an antique standing skein winder. The arm assembly was a tad wobbly where it attached to the stand, but it was beautiful. I was way out of my league there, though, and it sold for more than twice the amount I could pay. As it happened, I ended up in the "pay" line (I did get one hand blown goblet for $5) next to the guy that bought it. Of course he had no idea what it was - they had advertised it as a Flax Wheel. He has his Aunt's spinning wheel, which just sits, for decoration. The winder was going to do the same. When I told him I would have used it, as a valuable piece of equipment, he just smiled. Grrrrr.... What a waste.
They had 4 spinning wheels there that day, 2 that had all their parts, and 2 that didn't. One huge 'walking' wheel sold for less than $100, and you could have stepped right up to it and started spinning.
Can you tell there's not much 'urban farming' going on at Wren Cottage right now? The Angora bunnie boys will be getting clipped soon, and I'll try to post some 'before' and 'after' pictures.