Wednesday, August 1, 2012
A Mid-Summer's Evening Craigslist Score. August Welcomed Mr. Modtomic With Another Piece Of Paul McCobb For My Growing Collection. Status: Col (wait for it) lected.
Today was a good day. What a way to end a pretty brutal July. Frank got a brand new windshield and Mr. Modtomic got a Paul McCobb secretary desk! The windshield is flawless but the secretary...well, come on inside and I'll show ya.
Have you spotted the issue yet? Yeah, it's that top drawer. It ain't right. I've not had much
experience with McCobb furniture so I wasn't sure about it when I gave the desk a once over
but upon closer inspection once home it's quite obvious that it don't belong. At least the person
who made it did a decent job of blending it in.
Otherwise the piece is in very nice shape! Usable as is. It's a direct match to my other recent
Paul McCobb find: the table cabinet...thing. What the heck is that called? Dunno. It's also a
close cousin to the McCobb secretary that CT picked up at Vandeventer Vintage for the Living
I felt pretty lucky that the missing drawer wasn't this one. It's nice to find that Winchendon
Furniture Company label in there. My other piece - the table with cabinet - doesn't have the
label. Unlike my other piece, this one popped up on craigslist and within an hour was in the
back of Frank. I had been looking through craigslist earlier in the day so it was "up" when I
went back to it after watching some Storm Chasers (I'm a junky for that stuff) on Netflix. It
had only been published a few minutes earlier and probably only been live for a minute or two
when I spotted it. I shot off an e-mail offering more than asking and the (incredulous) seller
called me back ASAP. Sold.
See the difference in drawer construction? I should have noticed this when I gave the desk a once
over in the sellers basement but it actually didn't matter. I would have bought it anyway. Maybe I'll
get lucky and find another otherwise damaged piece with a good drawer that I can scavenge.
Weirder things have happened!