Keeping up my routine, I visited the two local auction houses at the end of last week. Nothing spectacular but a reasonable assortment of interesting inventory. Like this item billed as a “campaign bed”:

Looks like a bench.

Looks like a bench.

but unfolds into a bed.

but unfolds into a bed.

This brass medallion identifies this as being made by W & S Wales of the UK:

IMG_9721The sign of the wale.

I found this bit of information on several web sites:

“Cabinetta” campaign bed by maker W & S Wales. Used by high-ranking British officers in WWI and the Boer War. Solid mahogany bench and frame easily converts to canvas cot and includes cotton batting sleeping pad. Sturdy and easily transportable, has canvas carrying handles & folds down to form a small seat or table.

If it’s on the internet, it must be true…

I heard some other blog out there has been all about three legged furniture. I found this “Spanish” birthing chair at the same auction:

Three legs and Spanish.

Three legs and Spanish.

Yet another view.

Yet another view. Looks hand made.

The cross-town auction house had stuff, too. This one confused me a bit. Is it a piano converted into a desk  or a slant front desk built to look like an Eastlake, upright piano?

Piano to desk or purpose built piano desk?

Piano to desk or purpose built piano desk?

Interesting gallery:

IMG_9675Pianos don’t generally have one of these.

Drawers are NOT dovetailed.

Lock rabbet joint.

Lock rabbet joint.

Sure looks like it was a piano:

Maybe not.

Maybe not.

Another great old tube radio:

Streaming audio player without local storage.

Streaming audio player without local storage.

This last piece gives the column its name:

The Enterprise Sausage-Stuffer - Lard - Fruit Press.

The Enterprise Sausage-Stuffer – Lard – Fruit Press.

by the Enterprise Mfg. Co. of Philadelphia, PA, USA.

It was a multiuse device before Ron Popeil or Ronco.

Three machines in one. Fast and Easy to Use For…

Stuffing Sausage or other Meats into Casings

Pressing Lard from Cracklings

Pressing Juice from Grapes, Berries, Tomatoes and other Fruits  and Vegetables.

To see more pictures of these items and the rest of the auctions, click HERE.