This one, with all of its straight lines and sharp edges, is just plain neat. The fifty dollar price tag and missing pressure foot kept it from tempting me too much, but if the price had been low enough and I was sure it worked, I'm pretty sure it would have come home with us.
The tag on this one, which unfortunately isn't legible in any of my pictures, claimed that it's from the 1700s-1840s. I'm not a sewing machine expert, but that just doesn't sound right at all. (Wikipedia tells me the first working sewing machine was made in 1790. I think it looks similar to one Grandma found at an estate sale, which dates to 1875.) At the very least, it seemed to be missing some important pieces.
The high price on this painting, along with the obvious tear in the canvas, saved me from myself.
I can't think of a single wall in our house that would be right for it, but I love the colors and the image. Looming trees, swooping birds, a faceless woman carrying a load of sticks... and what's with the man and the cat behind her?
Even if the price on this one drops to 50% off, it'll still be too much for me to justify spending. My walls are safe from creepy forest scenes. For now, at least.