There are several levels of auctions in my area. This is about one of the ones that I classify as moving stuff from one basement to the next. Mostly ordinary stuff that one typically finds at thrift shops or flea markets. Still, I check out the pictures on Auction Zip on the chance that something interesting shows up. It happens.
One day I saw a clock that looks like it could be an Arts and Crafts era artifact. It had a familiar shape and reminded me of the Voysey mantel clock that Robert Lang built for the August, 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking.
Closer to being in the spirit not the execution. It was tapered and had a copper face with clock hands. I went to the preview and realized I was not going to be taking their clock home. Firstly, the thing was metal:
Metal would necessarily be a disqualifying issue but a quick look at the back showed me it was not old:
Having spent the time driving there, I felt the obligation to take a quick look to see if there might be anything of interest. There were a few things that were mildly interesting.There was this large and odd hall table:
There was this French server/sideboard:
It is dovetailed and has that unique French lock the secures two drawers with a single lock mechanism, bolts head out in both directions from center:
And these back drawer dovetails I have only seen in French furniture:
And finally, unique pulls:
The only other interesting piece was the rather large monstrosity:
A very unique door panel:
And a little bit of unique hardware:
Nothing outstanding but I had to look.