Locally, there are two auction houses I check out regularly. One auction house has sales most Friday afternoons and has reasonable items with occasional dips into the flea market realm and box lots. The other house has at least two auctions a month on Saturday mornings and usually has higher-end items.

Every once in a while, there are similar items at both auctions the same week. This was true in October of 2018. The Friday auction had this sewing cabinet:


Sewing cabinet with harp legs(?) and a stretcher with finials.


Divided storage area under the lid. Contents are not period correct.


And a unique semi-cylindrical work drawer.

The Saturday auctioneer was offering this:

American Renaissance Revival Carved and Inlaid Sewing Cabinet


This lot has sold for $320.

Description: 1880s, walnut and mixed woods, hinged lid with floral and banded inlay, interior with mirror and divided compartments over two drawers with relief carving raised on stylized cabriole legs with stretcher base.

Size: 29 x 24 x 20 in.

Note: Cabinet contains sewing ephemera.

ConditionSurface wear and some expected scuffs to lid and feet.


Hinged lid with floral and banded inlay.


Interior with mirror and divided compartments. Sewing ephemera included.


But this cabinet has two drawers.

This cabinet has the work storage drawer and another dovetailed shallow drawer.


The drawer runners are different but the drawers are very similar.

Unfortunately, by the time I saw the second cabinet, the Friday auction was well underway and I couldn’t go back and get more pictures of the first.

The are of similar sizes and shape with similar work drawers. Make one wonder if they are from the same factory or was that just a very common style of sewing cabinet?

Just one is a little nicer. And more expensive.