I'm staying in Massachusetts this weekend, and will go to an auction to pick up a few things for the store. I have a regular go-to auction down near Rhode Island, but occasionally I visit others. This weekend there is a tempting one in Maine--the estate of Norman H. and Edith E. Gray. Norman was a longtime forester, hunter, trapper, and fisherman. I am particularly interested in the fact that for three years he was the state champion moose caller, no minor achievement in Maine.
I like the rocker pictured above--it has a lift-up writing surface. Imagine the letters and poems (maybe even novels) that would flow from the pen while seated there (with a view of the lake of course) unless, like me you are left-handed.
And here is a folding chair that resembles a snow-shoe.
In all my travels I have never seen a handmade wooden berry backpack.
Nor, I am embarrassed to admit, have I wondered about the origin of the word hackle, although I am certain I have used the phrase, it raised my hackles.
I don't think my mechanical IQ is high enough to figure out how to use this White Mountain apple peeler. Perhaps it's a White Mountain secret.
There are also a large number of old traps--which are kind of cool in a metal sculpture way, but vegetarians may want to avoid this auction. All proceeds go to the National Trappers Association and the Maine State Trapper's Association.
I will probably stay closer to home and go to my usual auction--it's fun and familiar and I always find something interesting. Anyway, I have a feeling that the Maine State Champion Moose Caller's auction will attract fancy antique dealers who will drive the prices way out of my range. I mean who can resist such a genuinely rural northwoods provenance? A few months from now that rocker will probably be on a porch in Nantucket and the traps on the wall of a Tribeca loft. Not getting to see the berry backpack hurts a little though--it would be perfect for my store.
If you want more, you can see the auction listing here and pictures here. And if you do look, tell me what you like.