CONCORD, N.H. — Nan Gurley heated up the Everett Arena Ice Rink April 27 with more than 60 of her friends exhibiting for this second year of the Concord Antiques Show in the venue. The walled booths housed offerings dominated by Americana, early American country and some early English home décor and smalls. As a promoter, Nan has created her own business model with Sunday-only shows as the usual plan and no early buying so that as she says, “All the customers get an even chance to buy the great antiques my dealers bring to the show!”
Bjorn Borssen, Rochester, N.H., was there with just enough furniture to create a room setting, but he was depending on his little things to pay for the weekend. It paid off as he sold “a wide variety of smalls from $35 to $550 with no furniture.” The pair of miniature horse pull toys resting on his painted chest of drawers went off to Canada. A pair of Nineteenth Century swords, several pantry boxes that he attributed to the Shakers and some cut glass were also sold.
With a shop in Thomaston, Maine, Ross Levett does very few shows, but he was pleased to be at this one. The blue Maine sea chest sold early in the show, along with a variety of small things. He reported, “I did quite well, with a nice crowd there. I sold the Persian rug bag face, an early child’s quilt, a very good burl bowl, a hat box and more.”
Some dealers with shops elsewhere participate in shows to promote their shops and also review the rest of the available antiques. Patricia Stauble Antiques is such a business with a well-known shop in Wiscasset, Maine. Pat was here with a good supply of inventory and her sales included several pieces of small furniture.
Morgan MacWhinnie, North Sea, N.Y., came since his shop is often quiet at this time of year. He was pleased with the sale of smalls and the opportunity to visit with other dealers and compare inventories.
Jerrilyn Mayhew of Woodsview Antiques, Sandwich, Mass., had a good time at the show, and said she “did pretty well.” Her collection was dominated by small things, with a limited amount of furniture. Sales included an early long bench with a carved apron, an early corner chair from Boston, some pewter and an Eighteenth Century courting mirror, along with some other smalls.
Sales were okay, according to Michael Weinberg of West Pelham (Mass.) Antiques. During the show he sold numerous small antiques, including a braided mat, some Staffordshire, an early coffee roaster and a very early homemade chest of drawers. He said it had been made from some repurposed wood and boxes, but a long time ago. The show also generated a customer’s call the day after for another sale, which “is always a good thing!”
Matt King, Marshfield, Mass., and Camille Buda, Sandwich, Mass., joined together in one extra-large space for the one-day affair. Their sales were significant, according to King, with an early stoneware jug, a painted seed box, an early blanket chest and a redware mug among the sales. Both sold more smalls from their combined collections as well.
Variety is the normal for Nan Gurley shows. Robin and Ken Pike of Nashua, N.H., offered several painted sign from days gone by, while Susan Gault, Thetford Center, Vt., showed an unusual early hooked mat along with other textile oriented antiques.
Jewett-Berdan, Newcastle, Maine, was selling early furniture and decorating textiles. A hooked rug was the centerpiece of its display. Bob and Mary Fraser, Chester, Vt., were showing early Vermont coin silver. Peter Carswell, Strafford, N.H., does not exhibit at shows too often, but he was here with early furniture, which sold very well, along with some smalls.
Nan produces many shows throughout the year. Her next one is during New Hampshire’s Antiques Week, Tuesday, August 12, at the Deerfield Fairgrounds. Call her for more information at 207-625-3577.