Hot Time At Camden Antiques Show

CAMDEN, MAINE — Goosefare Promotions filled the Camden-Rockport Regional High School gym with about 50 dealers over the July 20–21 weekend for the 33rd Camden-Rockport Historical Society Show & Sale and, in spite of the sweltering heat wave, customers came both days to pick from the collections of predominantly early American antiques and décor accessories.

Show promoter John DeSimone was pleased with the weekend’s results, stating,  “We had good attendance Saturday even with the heat, and we gave out over 150 readmits for Sunday. The sales most dealers reported were good, sufficient for them to leave happy.” He and his wife Elizabeth have been producing shows in Maine and Cape Cod for more than 30 years and this is one of their favorites. He said there were good sales of early furniture, with a big corner cupboard leaving from Martin Ferrick’s collection, more tables and several sets of chairs; also good sales in early art.

Sales at the show included a large quantity of folk art. Ship Island Antiques from nearby Newcastle was busy with its collection of early decorative arts, including the sale of a Victorian-era fireboard, an oil painting of an urn filled with flowers. These were used in their day in front of fireplaces in summer and near a window at other times to give the appearance of fresh cut flowers in the window to fool would-be robbers that the house was occupied when the residents were actually away. Also on offer was a pair of early silhouettes of children, believed to be by August Edward, circa 1845.

Ferrick, of Lincolnville, Maine, reported more sales in addition to the corner cupboard. He said he sold several paintings, a one-drawer stand and some smalls as well. Colette Donovan, Merrimacport, Mass., was also pleased with her weekend.

More good selling from Period Antiques, Scottsburg, Ind., was the story from its owners, Tom and Rose Cheap. Their collection is usually an abundance of early painted small things such as firkins, pantry boxes, small furniture and more. Tom said they were fortunate to sell several signs and more of the smalls.

Hermitage Antiques, Harrison, Maine, is the business of Barbara and Harry Hepburn. While they have been emphasizing their antique clocks, which he restored at this show, sales were furniture and smalls. They sold an early comb back Windsor chair, several diamond rings, an early Shaker sewing box and a very good weathervane.

Emery Goff and Bill Carhart of Old Farm Antiques, Farmington, Maine, were offering mostly small things. One item drawing a good deal of attention was an early toleware wall box and hanger, probably intended as an accessory for a washstand. It was in very good condition with clear and crisp painting.

A Nineteenth Century dressing stand in yellow paint with additional decoration held pride of place in the front of Patricia Ann Breame’s exhibit. Her sales for the weekend included so many antiques she called it “a very good show.” Going out the door were “a lot of textiles, all kinds, including an early framed American flag, rugs and runners, a double-sided game board; several paintings, a candle drying stand, some early washstand sets, bird carvings and many more smalls,” she said.

Chris and Karen Doscher of Witt’s End Antiques, Wallkill, N.Y., showed a good quantity of early American painted furniture and several tiger maple pieces. After the show, Chris was very pleased with their results, selling an early dough box, a cant top Brunswick chest, an early tavern table and a tiger maple apothecary. Sales also included a Hudson River School painting and a selection of small accessories.

More dealers reported having a good time at the show. From Alna, Maine, Bill Quinn was selling retro signs and early painted furniture. James Lefurgy, Harpswell, Maine, offered both early antiques and some midcentury decorator items. Chocolate molds from Carolyn Thompson’s collection sold well; she and her husband Dick are from Orleans, Mass.

J.T. Browne, Sheffield, Mass., was selling smalls only for the weekend, but enough to have had a very nice time. His sales included stoneware, an early flag, a penny mat, a ship in a bottle, a carved shell and some folk art.

Patricia Stauble has a shop in Wiscasset but she still likes to do some shows for the extra action it gives her shop, and sales at this show were good. Her collection was primarily early painted furniture and early folk art.

Right next to Pat was Betty Turney, Saco, Maine. Betty was selling art, toleware trays and small things, including an assortment of Blue Willow. As she said, she carries the Blue Willow because she likes it.

An aside from the usual report of the show, one dealer Delores Delia, partner with James Lawrence of Little Compton, R.I,. was overcome by the heat, spending Saturday night in the local hospital. Upon their return to the show after it closed Sunday, Lawrence found the other dealers, led by Stephen Corrigan, had packed up their antiques and loaded Lawrence’s van with his inventory. Two days after the show, Lawrence reported Delores had recovered from the heat problems.

Goosefare Antiques Promotions has several more summer shows, including Kennebunk, Maine, August 3–4; Barnstable, Mass., August 16–17; and Falmouth, Mass., August 24. For information, or 800-641-6908.

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