C is for...
Chairs. The first chair I bought that needed caning atop the first chair I ever caned. I picked up the bentwood child's chair at an auction for $30. I fell in love. The caning on the seat was completely destroyed, but there was only very minor damage on the chair back; thank goodness for that, because in order to replace the caning on the back, the chair would likely suffer irrepairable damage. Caning in the round is a bit tricky for a first-timer, so I picked up the dining chair to work on in a class.
"Buyer beware." I didn't examine the dining chair closely enough, so didn't discover 'til later that it had been badly broken and then repaired with a wooden peg and glue. I haven't come up with a satisfactory alternative fix, so it is quite weak and is treated tenderly these days. It does have a double pressback, though, with a lovely oak leaf and scroll design.
The child's chair has problems, too, most notably, somewhat weak legs. It has so many other things going for it, not the least of which are the intact labels and marks inside, showing that it was made by Jacob & Josef Kohn in Vienna, Austria; beautiful wood and workmanship, and a graceful line.