Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Vintage Jeweler's Bench

I was hunting down the guy who prices things out in the yard area of the thrift shop when this beauty caught my eye and stole my heart.

 Jeweler's bench!

Growing up I spent many an hour standing by my grandfather at his jeweler's bench. 

 He would show me how he cut gemstones and repaired watches.  

Of course his bench was much older than this one.  And larger with a glass surround.

 This one looks to be early 1960's and has several condition problems.

BUT look at those drawers and envision what you could hide, er, store in them.

This baby weighs a ton.

I had to take the drawers out to unload it.

Chucks promptly said it was not coming in the house.

I will explain why I agreed at the end of this post.

 So I gave it a cleaning and took the broken molding from around the top.

There were some hidden treasures - pliers and jump rings, but no jewels.

I was hoping to find a diamond or two stuck in the back.

I did not.

I was hoping Chucks would change his mind.

He did not.

So back into the truck and off to Riverfront Antique Mall it went.

I must say it is a dream to style in my booth with linens and such.

It garnered several admiring glances as it rode in on a dolly.

The drawers have tape labels on them for batteries, mother's rings, and chains.

I was hoping to paint it white and turquoise and heavily distressed it.

I will not do that.

I was hoping that after eight weeks of physical therapy I would have pulled loose enough scar tissue in my shoulder to avoid a shoulder manipulation.

I did not.

I was hoping the cyst on my middle left finger would not grow any larger.

But it did.  I now have trigger finger.

So next week I have to go have my shoulder jerked until the scar tissue comes loose and have the cyst removed from the trigger finger at the same time.  If I am going to hurt, I might as well hurt all at once.  With a shoulder manipulation, time you can say your name in the recovery room, they send you straight to physical therapy.  For eight more weeks!

Thus my easy capitulation to Chucks about not keeping the jeweler's bench.  I will not be able to lug furniture around except with my right arm for a few weeks.

Whine, whine, whine.

Where's the cheese?

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  1. This is a fantastic find, I would not be surprised if it sells before the weekend.
    I love all those little drawers. Crafters, Artists and Needle-workers will be drooling over it :)
    I'm so sorry to hear about your health problems. I'm adding you to my prayers.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  2. I love it! Such an unusual find. Hope you heal quickly so you can get back to making beautiful things.

  3. This is so cool! I have never seen one of these before! It will be gorgeous when you make it over! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  4. Donna I love the bench sorry you're not doing well, Good luck with the PT

  5. Boo hoo, is right. What's worse, having all that pain and manipulation or not having all those drawers to store things in. I think you were right to let it go. What a cool piece, though, and you do get to enjoy it at your booth. I would love it to hold all my salvaged hardware. Someone will be thrilled to discover it just like you did and pay you good money to haul it away. Fingers crossed. Great find, Donna.

  6. What a treasure! That's the crafting bench of my dreams. Good luck with your therapies. Get well soon so we can see some more great transformations~

  7. What a neat find. I can just invision that beauty sitting in my craft room.

    The Joyful Thrifter

  8. OH you deserve a big ol' hunk of cheese for all the pain you're going through - and a huge
    glass of wine for that amazing over the top find!!!!!!!!!!!
    Painted or not it's fabulous!!!!!!!!

  9. Oh what an awesome piece! Too bad you couldn't keep it. It certainly would hold lots and lots of goodies! I can just picture it redone and all dressed up! Hope you get some pain relief soon! I'll keep you in my prayers...:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  10. Oh what a find! As I was reading this post I was thinking of all craft supplies I could put in those drawers! I'm going to keep my eye out for one of those, but since I've never seen one before, I think it will be difficult. Ya never know. Keep exercising that finger girl!

  11. I can imagine what all I can hide in those drawers. Great find! Good luck with your therapy. I had rotator cuff tear surgery and had to undergo shoulder manipulation under anesthesia a few days later. My therapist gave up on me after almost three months and said I would never gain full mobility again but I proved her wrong. My orthopedic surgeon told my husband to rig a pulley attached to the ceiling and add increasing weighs for me to lift my arm and move my shoulder. That was the best for me - more than the therapist yanking and tugging and hurting me.

  12. I cant wait to see what you do with that baby! I've never seen one before new follower

  13. this is an amazing find! Hope you'll be back at it soon!

  14. Hey Donna; This piece is so Beautiful, I wish that I could have it to hold some of my many things!
    I hope that you feel much better very soon, as I am sorry to hear about your up and coming physical therapy ERM 'nightmare'......
    I feel for you so much, as I have been there and done something very much like that!!!
    Please Donna, stay in touch and let us all know how you are doing.
    You are in my Prayers. Take Care :-)

  15. Well Donna, that is one unusual piece and I am sure someone who makes jewelry or crafts would find it very useful. I know you are just itching to paint it or do something with it, but you have to forgo that and take care of your body. Good luck with the therapy. Will put you on my prayer list.
    Let us know how you get along.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  16. Wow Donna... that is one of the most amazing pieces of furniture I've seen in a long time. Great find! Sorry about your shoulder and finger. I wish you the best of luck. Hope everything goes well!

  17. I knew I liked you, but the wine/whine and cheese thing? Brilliant! Soooooo my kind of thinkin'!

  18. This is "Missing" something! There "should" be a pull out section under the main open area where a "drawer" would slide in and out--but the "body" of the drawer would be muslin. Framed out with wood. This was for catching metal filings and small bits n pieces as you worked on a watch or repaired or made a piece of jewelry.

    Always helpful if your diamond or tiny watch spring "jumped"!!!

    Most of these were maple and weight a literal ton.

    Spent a lot of time using these in my former life in jewelry!

    Use that pulley idea! That is what helped my husband and daughter with rotator cuff issues. Start out with just a longish piece of rope (clothesline is fine) and gently lift the arm with the other arm--work up to weights. My hubs had two surgeries because the MD told him--Oh you have scar tissue but then we went to a REAL MD who went back in and found that the first guy NEVER fixed the thing--at all! The tendon had been floating around in there unhinged for SEVEN YEARS while he was in various pain situations. They pinned it back on with a small orange screw and he has been MUCH better. Wonder where some of these guys get their medical degrees huh!

  19. What a great find, it's just wonderful! I bet it looks great in your booth. Hope it finds a good home. Good luck with your PT, I had a knee injury a few years ago, I feel for ya. :(

  20. What a gorgeous piece, it must look amazing with linens and such spilling from the drawers! So sorry about your health issues, wishing you a speedy recovery.

  21. What a fabulous piece you've found!!! I hope all is well with you as soon as possible. {hugs}

  22. That's a wonderful piece of furniture. I can't resist anything with that many drawers! Hope all goes well with your shoulder and finger.

  23. I love all those drawers, and hoping you heal quickly!

  24. Love the jewelers bench and would fit get in any ladies studio to store our treasures

    sorry about the shoulder surgery, I have had that done and I went to therapy 13 weeks however my shoulder is good as new

  25. What an amazing piece! Love it! Joe and I are wishing you a quick and painless time of it all! We are also sending healing hugs :

  26. Ummm I would be whining too! How are you feeling now? Ouch!!! What a neat piece of furniture! I had no idea what it was.

  27. Love the bench! I saw a picture on google + and had to read about it as it closely matches a watch bench I use in my shop for wax work. =)


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