We went to auction yesterday, and bought three things, then left bids on two others. I phoned late afternoon to see if I'd been successful with either of the tables I'd bid on, but was told no. Anyway, in the - lunchtime! - post today, I had a bill from the auctioneers for the sewing table I had bought! (£20 plus VAT). Well . . .
It is solid oak, and Arts and Crafts in design. The top would once have held the Frister and Rossmann Modern Cylinder Shuttle Sewing Machine Type D - I know because the little booklet for it was still inside the top.
Underneath - an unusual and rather Gothic cut out design, and above it the scooped base of the table top "cupboard".
Inside was a collection of Royal wedding memorabilia which is worth more than I paid for the table! Here is a poem by John Drinkwater for the Coronation. Drinkwater was one of the Dymock poets, and friend of Edward Thomas.
This alone is worth about £20 now, if ebay prices are anything to go by! There are lots of newspapers and magazines dealing with Royal Weddings, which make very interesting reading.