MANCHESTER, N.H. — “It was a fantastic second year for us, the gate was up 20 percent, around 400 people were waiting to get into the show on Wednesday at noon, and overall the dealers did business, far ahead of last year,” a happy Karen DiSaia, show manager for Antiques In Manchester on August 7–8, said. She also noted, “We had eight new exhibitors who fit very well in the show, three of them coming from one of the other events of Antiques Week in New Hampshire, and it was an easy move in and move out.”
Management hands out ten free tickets to each of the exhibitors to send to their mailing list, and also provides any number more at the request of the dealer. “Some of the dealers sent out well over a hundred free tickets to their friends and clients, and it really pays off,” Karen said. She keeps track of those tickets, and the dealer pays a portion of the admission fee for any over the ten limit. “This year we gave out return tickets for the next day, and 106 were used on Thursday,” she said.
Several changes were made this year, the most noticeable moving the café from the front of the show to the rear, and replacing it with two large booths, making the show more interesting from the start. It was an attractive entrance, with Raccoon Creek Antiques and Garthoeffner Gallery first in line, and then one good-looking booth after the other to the back of the show. “I am proud of my dealers,” Karen said, “and they certainly brought a great many wonderful things.”
Ted and Jennifer Fuehr, American Spirit Antiques, Shawnee Mission, Kan., well-known for maple furniture, offered an American Sheraton drop leaf table in tiger maple with multi-ring turned legs and suppressed ball feet, probably from Ohio, circa 1830, and an American Sheraton serpentine bowfront server, a rare form, in mahogany and bird’s-eye maple veneer. This piece had ring-turned tapering feet, retained an old mellow surface and dated circa 1820. Tiger maple and northern pine were the woods listed for a Sheraton graduated four-drawer chest with turret corner top, brass petal knobs, probably northern New England and dating circa 1830.
Garthoeffner Gallery, Lititz, Penn., moved from Mid*Week to Antiques in Manchester this August, and from a booth just to the left of the show’s entrance offered many rare and wonderful things. Shown at the rear of the booth was a striking Indian weathervane in sheet metal that came from the carriage house of the estate of Jacob Nolde, Reading, Penn. The Indian, with one feather and in a kneeling position, was about to release an arrow. The piece dated from the last quarter of the Nineteenth Century and retained the original directionals and surface.
A carved and rare New England witch whirligig, circa 1880, was on the back wall, and a pair of penguins carved and painted by Charles Hart was purchased directly from the family in the 1920s. A bright red and yellow checkerboard was even better on the reverse, where the artist had painted an elaborate landscape. “It probably came from a country store and the artist carried the decoration on the front over to the back. Both Pat and I love this one,” Rich Garthoeffner said.
RGL Antiques of Pittstown, N.J., had a narrow shelf lined with American chestnut bottles, a run of 15 measuring from 5¼ to 10¾ inches high. An oil on canvas, circa 1860, depicted the USS Cumberland, a Civil War Union naval ship that was built between 1825 and 1843 at the Boston Naval Yard and commissioned in 1843. The Cumberland was sunk by the CSS Virginia in 1862. Dating from the early Twentieth Century was a pair of stone eagles that came from the Vanderbilt estate in Florida.
Dealers made it a point to bring New Hampshire pieces to the shows, and Derik Pulito of Kensington, Conn., offered a Chippendale tea table, circa 1780, with tiger maple top, birch legs and old red surface. A trade sign brought back memories of when a dollar actually bought something: “Chicken Dinner — $1.”
A Massachusetts tavern table, probably Hadley, that dated from the late Seventeenth Century, with a one-board top with breadboard ends that was probably replaced some time during the Eighteenth Century, was shown by Mark and Marjorie Allen of Gilford, N.H. A set of four Windsor side chairs, bowbacks with bamboo turned spindles, had black painted seats and legs highlighted in yellow.
Don Olson Fine American Antiques of Rochester, N.Y., not only brought a nice selection of objects, but the dealer also brought along his daughter Mandy. “She was a great help bringing things onto the floor and aiding in the setup, as well as helping out Karen at the entrance when things were busy,” Don said. A New England decorated blanket chest dating from the early Nineteenth Century had grain decoration and featured two trees on the front board. This piece had a strong provenance, including Nina Fletcher Little, Don Walters and a private collection.
A stack of five graduated and paint-labeled pantry boxes ranged in size from 69/16 to 10¼ inches and were for salt, tea, coffee, sugar and cream of tartar. The boxes sold, as did a pair of fraktur that came out of the Garbish auction in 1974, a Jewell eagle weathervane, a paint decorated Worcester box with red ground and not the usual black ground, and a good number of painted smalls. “Phil Zea of Deerfield walked into my booth and asked how things were going just at the time I realized I had lost my wallet,” Don said. Luckily, he found it in short order, in a box mixed in with some packing material. “I must have put it there when taking paper out to wrap a package for a client,” Don said.
John Sideli’s sharp eye was reflected in the selection of pieces displayed in his booth, including a fine militia drum made by Charles Hubbard of Boston, decorated all around with the Seal of Massachusetts, flags and trumpets. Dating 1824, this drum came out of the collection of the late Bill Guthman. A salesman’s sample was in the form of a silo, Lowell, Mass., circa 1920.
James M. Kilvington, Inc, Greenville, Del., had an elaborate set of four sterling silver neoclassical candlesticks, John Carter, London, 1773, and a paint decorated blanket chest, circa 1850, from Manheim, Lancaster County, Penn. On the left wall hung a set of four oil on canvas hunting scenes by Charles Faulkner, British, circa 1880.
Jeffrey Tillou Antiques, Litchfield, Conn., had a nice Windsor bowback armchair in ash and maple, pine seat, probably Connecticut, circa 1780–1790, and a Hepplewhite New England candlestand, probably New Hampshire, in mahogany with an oval tilt top and snake legs, circa 1790–1800. Another New Hampshire piece was an oil on academy board, American School, with a view of Mount Chocorua in the White Mountains. It measured 5¾ by 10 inches, framed.
“I really enjoyed being in New Hampshire, had time to visit a couple of the other shows, and our show was good from the time it opened to the time it closed,” Jeffrey said. His sales seemed to be across the board, including an oil on canvas depicting Marblehead, a settee, a Hudson River landscape, Windsor armchair, early Dutch brass candlesticks, blown glass and a rare horse and sulky weathervane.
Steven S. Powers of Brooklyn, N.Y., had a folk art carving of Adam and Eve, 101/8 by 8½ inches, circa 1840, that was found in Goshen, Ind., and a folk art male nude figure, unpainted, 18 inches high, dating from the mid-Nineteenth Century. An interesting architectural corbel, dating from the Arts and Crafts period, circa 1910, measured 15¾ by 12¼ by 1¾ inches and featured a dog carved from solid oak.
Peter H. Eaton Antiques, Inc, Newbury, Mass., who has been doing shows in New Hampshire for 40 years and chose Antiques in Manchester for his 41st year, said, “We had a good show and a good time at this new venue.” He mentioned that “Joan and I sent out 120 free tickets to our mailing list of friends and clients, and 40 tickets were used, some for two people.”
At the end of the show he had parted with a Rhode Island gate leg table with scrubbed top and well-turned legs, maple with old black over the original brown, recently out of a private collection, a dishtop birdcage candlestand, an Eighteenth Century family record, a small apothecary chest, an elaborate Masonic carving, a candlestand with bird-beak legs and some smalls. Waiting for a sale was a fine Chippendale seven-drawer tall chest in cherry with cove-molded top, shaped bracket base, original brasses, 61 inches high, circa 1800 and from either Massachusetts or New Hampshire.
In an adjoining booth, Joan R. Brownstein was having a good show, selling pottery, miniatures and several paintings, including a Cahoon. “We talked to a lot of people who really liked this show, spoke well of the objects and the general presentation, and in addition to my sales at the show, I sold five things from my show section ad in Antiques and The Arts Weekly,” Joan said.
Across the aisle, Grace and Elliott Snyder of South Egremont, Mass., hung a hooked rug depicting the family rooster and two cats, probably of Pennsylvania origin, cotton and wool on burlap measuring 54 by 35½ inches, and among the furniture offered was a rare, Eighteenth Century sawbuck table with a one-board top measuring 8 feet long and 31 inches wide of pine and ash, New England origin. A decorated candlestand in cherry had a painted checkerboard top, New England, circa 1780–1800, with the decoration applied in 1830.
“The show was great for us and we sold both days,” Grace said, “and our sales included three major pieces of furniture.” Sold tags appeared on a fancy Vermont sideboard, with a complete family history, even down to the date it was made, a slant front desk, an Eighteenth Century stepback cupboard, four-drawer chest and a set of standing shelves. Several examples of lighting, including pipe tongs and candlesticks, were sold, as well as a large ship diorama and two samplers. More pieces were sold, but Elliott was no help in remembering what they were.
Raccoon Creek Antiques of Oley, Penn., filled a large booth to the right of the show’s entrance with a strong collection of both furniture and decorative accessories, many colorful and with a Pennsylvania origin. A Lancaster County seed chest, two tiers of drawers with five on the top level, 15 below, original paint decoration, circa 1870–1880, and a corner cupboard with roller grained decoration and blue painted interior, circa 1820–1830, came from their home state. A New England cobbler’s bench, signed by Eldred H. Prentiss, Milford, Mass., had multiple drawers and large work surface, all in the original blue paint.
Always with a well-planned, neat and everything-in-its-place booth, Colette Donovan of Merrimacport, Mass., showed a sawbuck table with one-board top and breadboard ends, mustard paint over the original red, from New York State and measuring 7 feet 8 inches long and 34½ inches wide. “You can seat eight, even ten, at this table,” Colette said, noting, “It is one of the best and largest I have ever had.” An apothecary had 30 drawers, and taking up the best part of an end wall of the booth was a storage chest, 7 feet 4 inches long, in old red surface. “This was possibly an attic piece for storage as it was never drilled to connect the lid,” Colette said.
Samuel Herrup of Sheffield, Mass., brought a selection of furniture to the show, including a two-drawer blanket chest, New York State, circa 1820–1840, with sponge decorated panels and a harvest table with drop leaf, bird’s-eye maple, original brass castors, and dating circa 1820–1840. The top measured 72 inches wide and it was from either New York State or Vermont. A large, sgraffito, redware charger was German, circa 1811, and attracted lots of attention. “Many people looked the piece over, loved it, but did not buy it,” Sam said.
The back wall at James Wm. Lowery Fine Antiques & Art, Baldwinsville, N.Y., was almost taken over by a hooked rug titled “The Leopards.” It was very colorful, the scene dominated by leopards, and it measured 7 feet 4¾ inches by 4½ feet and dated circa 1860s. A large, wooden bowl, filled with wooden scoops, was shown on a painted Queen Anne table in cherry, Connecticut or Rhode Island, circa 1740–1760.
The Village Braider, Plymouth, Mass., dominated the back end of the show with a large booth and a gallery area from which was offered a collection of cast iron sculptures made from railroad ties just shortly after World War II. Tom Clark, who partnered the booth with Bruce Emond, brought them into the show and they all sold to one person. At the front of the booth, a pair of decorative, cast iron seahorses mounted on square pieces of stone was shown, “The only pair ever made,” Bruce Emond said, adding that, “I also own the wooden mold in which they were cast.” A pair of cast iron andirons was decorated with large stars, an owl was carved from an old piece of weathered wood, and a colorful horse was an attractive piece even without its rockers.
“It was really a good show for me, as I did three times the business I did last year,” Bruce said, noting sales that included a nice painted box, a set of 17 awards of merit, a cow oil on canvas, stepback cupboard, red blanket chest, yellow painted and decorated side chair, Empire bench, a counter of drawers, and a Navaho rug, circa 1920s, that measured 40 by 61 inches.
Towering well overhead, and sticking out into the aisle, was a ship’s figurehead in the form of an eagle, Massachusetts origin, measuring 61 inches high, 20 inches wide and 36 inches deep, in the booth of Heller Washam Antiques of Portland, Maine. Carved from Northern white pine and retaining most of its polychrome surface, the piece had a strong providence, having spent time with both Adele Earnest and Stewart Gregory. A William and Mary highboy was from coastal Maine, circa 1700–1725, with burled walnut veneer front, and a gouge-carved and blue painted mantel of Pennsylvania origin was against the back wall of the booth. This piece, dating circa 1760–1800, had matchstick molding and panels, and decorative swags, pinwheels and flowers.
A large double-handled stoneware jar, with cobalt decoration showing the number “8,” was in the display of David Good of Camden, Ohio, and Samuel Forsythe, Columbus, Ohio, along with other pottery, including redware jugs, bottles, jars and slip decorated plates and chargers. A selection of early fireplace tools was complete with forks, spoons, ladles and strainers, and among a limited number of pieces of furniture was a Queen Anne tavern table, circa 1750, from Rhode Island or northern coastal Connecticut.
One never knows what Greg Kramer of Robesonia, Penn., will bring to a show, and this time things ranged from a large, green painted swan planter to a life-size elk’s head, original copper surface, that came from an Elk’s lodge in Rochester, N.Y. Exceptional was a quilt titled “The Homestead” and signed F. Cochran, probably from Kansas and dating from the early Twentieth Century. A large house and barn dominated the scene, with countless trees, flowers, animals and people.
Sawbuck Antiques, Sugar Loaf, N.Y., offered a worktable in the original red wash, three-board top, late Eighteenth Century, from Lancaster County, Penn.
Stephen and Carol Huber, Old Saybrook, Conn., had a prime piece of needlework, a Fishing Lady, Boston, sampler dating circa 1760, silk and wool on linen, measuring 165/8 by 24¾ inches. Also hung on their green wall was a Wethersfield, Conn., sampler by Celia Talcott, circa 1818, silk, paint and painted paper on linen, 21½ by 27½ inches in the original frame. It showed a family record in the midst of trees, flowers, a bridge over a winding stream and several figures along the bank.
“We had a really great show, the best ever in New Hampshire, and we not only sold to some of our regular collectors, but to some new people as well,” Stephen said. He mentioned that an important Burlington County, N.J., sampler from the early 1800s was a prime example from that area and sold to a New Jersey collector. “We also sold a rare sampler from St Joseph’s Academy, Emmitsburg, Md.,” Carol said. The weekend after the show was their annual open house at the Old Saybrook shop and, “We sold very well there, again meeting many new people along with our regulars,” Stephen said.
A large cow weathervane, 39 inches long and 25 inches high, circa 1880, with a good verdigris surface and iron head, stood at the front of the booth of A Bird In Hand, Florham Park, N.J. A couple of doorstops were shown on a pedestal, an owl with the original paint and a pine apple finial in white paint, and an interesting table was covered with 1925–1940 bottle caps — a total of 1,400 of them.
Without question, Antiques in Manchester, the new guy on the block, has brought added interest and excitement to Antiques Week in New Hampshire. Or as one collector put it simply, “It just added more strain to my pocketbook.”