Maine Is Frigid But Antiques Hot At Augusta New Year’s Day Show

AUGUSTA, MAINE — Jim Montell filled the Augusta, Maine, Armory January 1 with his friends, about 40 exhibiting dealers and hundreds of shoppers for his annual New Year’s Day show. Regardless of how they spent the prior evening celebrating the new year, dealers were there early in the extremely frigid weather to empty their vans, trucks and wagons of antiques for the one-day affair.

Owing to the short time for the show, it has become a venue to offer and sell small antiques but in a great variety. Jerry Ricker, Litchfield, Maine, was there with a number of different styles of glass, including art glass from the early Twentieth Century, Depression glass, both blown and pattern glass and more. He also featured Nineteenth Century photo frames in brass, which were selling quite well.

From Hallowell, Maine, Greg Skillman was selling the now-antique and obsolete small game traps from his inventory. More tools and implements for fishing and hunting were available, as well as early tools and even some Nineteenth Century camping gear, such as tin food carryalls.

Lewis Parker, Fayette, Maine, was showing early tools for the workshop and also for the kitchen. A highlight here, he said, was “my best and most unique automatic apple peeler; all you had to do was stick it on and crank away.”

The Maine banker was back again this year with another collection of banks. Doug Carnrick, a Winslow, Maine, collector and dealer has been exhibiting for several years with between 40 and 50 different still banks dating from about 1850 through 1920. Often, they were given to children by the hometown banks to encourage thrift, he said.

Halfway Antiques, Arundel, Maine, developed out of Howard Hansen’s collecting hobby. Offerings included many early unusual tools, including an early fire ax, lanterns and knives; an assortment of Nineteenth Century cast metal bookends; measures and copper vessels and kitchen tools.

John Reinhardt’s High Note Antiques and B&B, Wiscasset, Maine, had a wall filled with fine art, most of which were oil on canvas paintings. Additional antiques on offer included European ceramics and early glass paperweights.

Interesting objects pop up at this show. Roland Preble, Gardiner, Maine, had a souvenir paying respects to Admiral Dewey, a small silk cloth with his likeness transferred onto it. Linda Klonowski, Georgetown, Maine, offered an early convertible high chair and stroller for a toddler.

Peter Pardoe, Alna, Maine, was showing scales and weights, all small and primarily for measuring gold and silver.  He also had early school bells and prints.

Maine is well known as a source for baskets from early Native Americans. Vance Stuart, Norway, Maine, sold six miniature baskets in the first hour of the show, all from the Passamaquoddy tribe in various forms, including a lady’s purse, a flower, a hat and several more traditional forms.

Malcolm Williams, Oakland, Maine, was selling early earthenware, Flow Blue and early American porcelain and glass. Susan Sorg and her mother Nancy Tebbetts, both from Bangor, were sharing one exhibit space. Susan had early household metal tools and vessels for the kitchen, while her mother was selling early transferware, Imari and Chinese Export dishes.

The Trextors, Auburn, Maine, were among the few offering furniture, led by a set of six arrow back Windsor chairs, along with hooked rugs, kitchen utensils, early oil lamps and early milk glass for the dining table.

Montell conducts his show four times each year at the Augusta Armory. His next show will be Sunday, March 30, from 10 am to 3 pm. For more information, call his partner/son-in-law Don Brown at 207-582-0610 or Jim at 207-582-2849.


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