A thing of beauty, solid oak and a little wavy glass mixed in for good looks. He is so masculine yet has beautiful feet. I have coveted him and his kind for 16 years but never felt that the price for him was within my budget. That was until this past Saturday. I saw his picture in an advertisement for an auction. His feet really enticed me. For you see, I have only seen his specific kind one other time over the years. Most of his cousins have a drawer or a solid base on the bottom. No not my new baby, he has beautiful claw feet. Sadly, one foot is missing part of itself. Never fear though, that will be repaired and delivered back home by the end of next week!
Enough of this, I know you all want to see my newest "treasure"....I present to you Humphrey the Barrister Bookcase. Brace yourself ladies and gentlemen, he is quite handsome to be 106 years old!
I named him Humphrey after the manufacturing company on the label, Humphrey's Stacked Bookcases, 1904. Like I said earlier, I could never afford his kind in the antique stores. Depending on how many stacks the price ranges between $500 to $2000. I went to the auction with the thought that I would not pay more than $350. He was lot# 216 which meant I would wait almost 2 hours with my stomach churning in anticipation. I was about to pass out with excitement when the bidding started. My girlfriend, the auction queen, told me to wait to see what the bidding would be and not jump in too soon for I would just raise the price. Well, when the bidding had stopped at $35.00 I started bidding. I won Humphrey for $40.00!!!!
Then I started to cry, the anticipation and excitement and the fact that I had just won him for a mere $40.00 was just to much to handle. However, I did quickly recover, and went on to win a few more treasures that I'll share at a later time. Humphrey deserves a post all to himself!
So, because I think Humphrey is such a special find I'm linking up to several blog parties this week.
Please check out:
Rhoda's blog party, Today's Thrifty Treasures @ her blog Southern Hospitality.
Linda's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday's @ her blog Coastal Charm.
Marla's WooHoo Wednesday @ her blog Always Nesting.
Suzanne's blog party,Vintage Thingie Thursday @ her blog The Colorado Lady.
I've never linked up to this many blog parties at one time. I know I will be spending most of the week viewing many wonderful thrifty ideas and treasures out there in blogland. It ought to be a fun week!
Come on and join in all the fun with me.