Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I Hate (LOVE) To Toot My Own Horn, But I Must Just Have Such Great Taste! Status: Wishful Thinking.
Anybody recognize that name: Thos Moser? It means High $$$ and Fine Quality contemporary classic (future iconic?) furniture.
So I got a little story about this Thomas Moser stuff. The Pevely Flea Market is just
south of St. Louis on highway 61 / 67 and used to be a drive in movie. They have
all the usual flea market booths plus a few buildings for indoor vendors. I've found
plenty of cool stuff at this flea market (including a nice pair of Zenith "barrel"
speakers) but we don't get down there that often. On one of our trips down there I
was poking around in one of the buildings where they have a number of vendors
selling new contemporary relatively "cheap" furniture. Over against the back wall I
noticed a chair sitting on top of a table that was wrapped in paper. The chair really
caught my eye since it appeared to have a different stain on it's different
components of construction.
As I got closer to check it out I noticed the construction of the chair was not at all
cheap. The way the legs went through the seat and were held with a wedge
grabbed my attention immediately. I looked around the "booth" and realized that
everything in it was of this furniture line. There were maybe four more of the dining
chairs, the dining table and a long bench. Unfortunately these other pieces were
covered in butcher paper so I couldn't really check them out. I still had no idea
what I was looking at. It didn't even appear to be for sale. There were no price
tags or anything. I thought that this set MUST be something, so I got the camera
out (thankfully I had it with me!) and shot the three pictures you see now.
So, not knowing anything at all about the set, I went home and casually started
poking around the web for info about it. A few days later I hit pay dirt. Dag, really?
A Thomas Moser dining set at the Pevely Flea Market? Each piece commands
such a high price! How did it end up there? I think a dealer must have just been
storing it there because I went back the following weekend and it was gone. Not
that I could have possibly been able to buy it or anything! But wow, if I could