Saturday, December 3, 2011
More Stuff I Had For A While...Loved Lots...And Passed On To Another. Status: Gone But Not Forgotten.
Please forgive the quality of these photos. These pics are three years old and are from when I first started taking pictures. I didn't have it all sorted out just yet. But anyway, what you're looking at is a VERY hard to find Ronald Schmitt / Knut Hesterberg "Propeller" table. This I found on craigslist for all of $125. I don't seem to find these kinda deals much anymore. Oh how the times they are a changin'.
Like I said, crummy pics...I know. Click here to see lots of pics via Google Images and you'll
notice that there are many polished aluminum propeller base tables but only a few gold tone
anodized finish. This was quite the Vintage Modern score. I think I listed it for $550 since there
were a few scratches on the glass top and a few scuffs on the base. I think I ended up getting
$500 for it but it took FOREVER for someone to recognize that this was amazing!
That's just the thing about the Mid West. Living here and loving Vintage Modern is a double
edged sword. Sure...you can pick up a table that might fetch $1500 on the coasts for just
$150 on any given day...but you'll never find anybody here who wouldn't laugh at you for
asking $1500 for it! That there is little appreciation for this stuff here means you are likely to
find it cheap...sometimes free but there aren't enough people here who care about this stuff
to support much of a market for it either. I hate the idea of "mining" the midwest for its
treasures and shipping them off to coasts too.
At least we seem to be blessed with plenty. I chalk it up to the aerospace industry of the '60s.
There was a lot of "forward thinking" buyers around here then and I believe that influenced the
furniture store buyers which helped to put lots of Vintage Modern furnishings into otherwise
modest homes in St. Louis. The last time I picked up a bedroom set of Broyhill Brasilia was
from a home that was little more than the size of a miner's shack with a semi finished basement!
I would say that I miss this table but I replaced it right away with an Adrian Pearsall coffee table
that I absolutely love. If this propeller table wasn't sitting in someone elses living room it would
be relegated to the garage...and that's no place for such an amazing coffee table!