Posted 1 year ago
A number of months ago, maybe a year now, I went to an antique auction and this item came up for bidding. The auctioneer had no clue what it was and no one in the crowd new what it was, so no one was bidding on it no matter how far down he lowered the price. He finally just asked if anyone would take it for a buck so I tossed up my hand and it was mine. I tend to buy just about any "mystery thing" at an auction when it gets down to practically nothing. Heck, the mystery of it and the fun of discovering what it is, regardless of eventual value, is worth more than a buck to me.
Anyway, the best I can tell is that it is something made out of a really old oak barrel stave. I have seen many wine racks that look something like this, but this one doesn't have the "dividers" to keep bottles from smashing together like you normally see. Is this simply something like that which was never finished being built? Is it likely for another purpose? I'm guessing it is still used for some sort of "decoration" where something goes on it just for display purposes, but I'm open to any thoughts on what it is, likely age, anything.
So what say you CW? Just what is this mystery thing?