Friday, February 18, 2011

Todays Finds!

You know how I mentioned I would bring my camera along to share one of my estate sale experiences..well I didn't realize I would be stopping at the sale I visited yesterday, but I thought since things were going to swell for them, they would be sold out of everything!  I was close, sold out of nearly everything!  The people running the sale were so nice and chatted me into buying MORE STUFF!  This time, I didn't bring home any projects! Yea me!

And you know how I said I would be posting some of my expert photographs and tutorials...well, that's my sense of humor showing!  With the help of Picasa, and a few other tweaking, I did manage to get a couple shots in my home....hope I got all the toys out of the pictures!

This first shot is of an antique Underwood Standard No. 5 typewriter.  The condition is pretty good considering it was made somewhere around 1919-1924.  All the keys work, and  the glass is in good condition with the exception of one being chipped and the tabular key is dust filled.

Was a total flash back to read the letter still in the typewriter...let's see if anyone else remembers this from typing 101...
  Now is the time for all brave men to come to the aid of their party.
 Mrs. Holland would be so proud to know that I have finally surpassed the 35 words a minute I had in high school!  And that I actually remembered that!

Here's a closer look at the keys..they look pretty funny to me in this shot! I'm not quite sure why...guess it could be due to the fact that I never thought I would be taking a picture of typewriter keys...
I have additional pictures if you would like to see them, just let me know and I would be more than happy to email them to you. 
Market price is $115.
I also snagged another typewriter!  I know! Two in one day!  The next typewriter is a vintage Smith-Corona Clipper.  This one has metal keys that are quite cute!  From my research there were 3 types of the Clipper made.  The one shown was the standard which most schools purchased to teach typing.  Then there were the Sterling and Deluxe models where were higher-end.  As you can see this one has a bit of wear, and several keys do not work.  On the standard and Deluxe models there was a red airplane, it as worn off on this baby.  The case has also gotten quite a ride as the hinge has snapped in half and the material has loosened a little on the edge.  I know, this sounds like it's ready for the trash...BUT LOOK AT IT!  Timeless beauty!  And just think, all those computers, lap tops, Mp3 players that we toss out after a short 2 or 3 years of use!  These aren't many left around like these, and they just don't make em like they used to!  Oh the good ol days!  Market price is $50. *SOLD! My lill Clipper has found a new home! Check back as you never know what I will find!* 
I just realized I didn't snap a picture of the keys on this one. I will try to get one and add it tomorrow! 

Here is a beautiful, antique, oxymoron.  Yes, an oxymoron.. a figure of speech that combines contradictory here's the contradictory part... This is a nursing chair, or more accurately a Lincoln Rocking chair dating back to the 1800's.  I don't know about you, but when I think of Lincoln, I think of TALL and stove top hat.  This chair is not tall or large by any measure.  So how could this be a Lincoln, nursing rocking chair.  Well, let's look at the difference among two types of rockers.

There are two notable differences between a nursing rocker and a rocking chair.  The first and most notable is the size.  Nursing chairs were made smaller for women.  Often times the seat would be cushioned.  This rocker had a cushioned seat and back.  When looking at the picture of the back of this rocker, you can make out small nail holes...most likely from where the cushions were attached.  I am guessing time must have gotten the best of the cushions and around the 70's or maybe early 80's the owner had a rush seat and back crafted.  The second difference are the arms of the nursing rocker are much lower., and in many cases armless.  Traditional rockers have higher arms for reading books, shelling black eyed peas, and keeping the kids on your lap during reading time...or so that's what I think as that's the way I always remember my grandpa doing it!

I'm not quite sure of the wood used here.  It is definitely a hard wood. Many were made from walnut, but this wood is too light to be walnut.  If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Here is a picture of the back of this lovely chair.  As you can see by the joinery, there are no nails or screws holding this together.  It's simple peg joinery dating from 1870's to the early 1900's. Market price for this chair is $200.

So this is just a sampling of what's to come!  I hope you enjoy my banterings and  will come for a visit soon!  I'll be posting more within the next few days!


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  2. I have that same rocker that I bought at a yard sale years ago. The caning was in such bad shape I upholstered it. It now needs a redo, but I love the shape and it is very comfortable. I appreciate the information on the history of it as I was always curious about that.

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