This is where we were last Saturday. At a country auction, in the rain, along with Amish folk, farmers and a few random bikers. The man in the fireman's hat is the auctioneer who did an amazing job of keeping control of the crowd and maintaining our interest as he went through boxes of tools, old bottles and random household items such as karaoke machines, dehydrators and craft supplies. There were a few pieces of furniture I was interested in. But as the day went on and the rain continued, they were all getting a bit soggy and I started to worry about water damage to the old wood. So we stuck to "smalls", little items that would fill my booth.
The owner of the home must have been a bit of a clock collector because there were about 8 or 10 mantel clocks in the auction. This one was the most unique. And although I don't know a single thing about clocks of any type, I could see that this one was a bit special. The bidding went a bit higher than I wanted and I was worried that I paid too much.
When we got home, I started it up (key was actually there!) and sat it on the mantel just for now. It's soft ticking sound and beautiful chimes are a lovely bonus. Hubby wants to keep it, but I'm not so sure. The lines are a bit heavy for my liking and maybe, just maybe I could get my investment back if I sold it at the antiques market.
So I did a little interest research and it turns out that this clock dates from the early 1900's and was manufactured in Connecticut by The E. Ingraham Co., a clockmaker who started his business in 1844. It's estimated value is about $175.
Let's just say that it's going to the Waterford Antiques Market this week!!
Yes, living in the country does have it's perks.