Published: April 6, 2016
Review And Photos By Tom O’Hara
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. — For the last 40 years Ruth Anne Wilkinson has been producing Antiques at Schoharie for the benefit of Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association (SCHA), and at the March 19–20 edition of the show, there were about 100 exhibiting dealers offering their collections. Set up at Schoharie Central School, exhibitors filled all the available spaces in the school and the roughly 2,000 shoppers created overflow parking that spread into the center in the village.
Jamie Heuschkel of Hirsh Antiques of Pleasant Valley, Conn., was offering Americana, including furniture from the first half of Eighteenth Century, handmade quilts and coverlets, stoneware and pottery, early candle lighting and small household items. As the show opened, he began writing up sales, such as a hanging cupboard, not very large, in its paint as found, as well as a quilt from about 1875–1900, all hand work, in cotton with cotton batting. Later sales came among pottery and yellowware.
Coming from Milton, Vt., Partridge Hollow Antiques specializes in all little things and boasts a great variety. Dennis Chrin of Partridge Hollow Antiques, Milton, Vt., has been trading in silver for many years with both flatware and specialty pieces, such as iced tea sipper sets. He also offers sterling silver matching services. In both categories, he did very well over the two days. His wife Lynn has been expanding their inventory with stoneware, including yellowware, treen and pottery. Their sales in this merchandise were also excellent, according to Dennis.
Longtime dealers Audrey and Jerry Paden are residents of Schoharie so the show was comparatively easy for them. Their offerings for the weekend were a selection of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century American country-style home furnishings and furniture. Audrey said their sales were very good with the small country pieces, too many to list them all here, but noteworthy sales included a summer quilt in blue and white, circa 1890, a painted sideboard native to New York and a selection of Victorian-era clothing.
“Smalls were how we made it, but that was mostly what we carry,” according to Mark Wheaton of Maria’s Pond Antiques, Mariaville, N.Y. Together with his partner and wife Karen they were on the stage of the auditorium with “Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century home accessories and some furniture from the same time periods,” which is how he describes their merchandise. Among their sales were a carved wooden bowl, Native American, at least 150 years old, in burl hardwood, an early 1800s bench in original green paint, wooden items and early American glass.
Jackie Roland, a dealer from Middleburgh, N.Y., said she was pleased with her furniture sales. She sold the large heavy table in the back of her exhibit, as well as the large table lamps standing on it, plus a large shelving unit in original paint and a small table. Small antique accessories were also finding new homes.
J.S. Cocoman Antiques, Glenmont, N.Y., also did fine here. Jim Cocoman said sales included a good quantity of their antiques, and “some of the best we were offering.” Among their better sales was an 1840s coverlet from Delhi, N.Y., in blue and white, with a nature scene, birds and a willow tree, in very good condition. As Delhi is nearby, this piece drew a good deal of interest and sold on opening day. Another major sale was an oil on canvas portrait of a woman, second quarter Nineteenth Century, also believed to be from the Hudson Valley. He reported sales in stoneware, china, silver and other smalls as well.
Emotional Outlet is Michelle McGlone’s business in Canajoharie, N.Y., a shop specializing in vintage fashions and antique textiles. McGlone brought a large portion of her inventory to the show to exhibit and offer with a very good response. Sales included several midcentury dresses, a number of handbags, shirts and other clothes. The collection also included handmade rugs, which sold well, and jewelry.
Sandmark Antiques brought Eighteenth Century furniture to the show from Sudbury, Vt. Mark and Sandy Hutchins have been doing this show for many years and specialize in primitive pine pieces. Highlights in their booth included a dry sink in waxed finish, a small worktable and a continuous arm Windsor chair.
Moody’s Collectibles, Schenectady, N.Y., makes variety the reason for customers to stop by and check the tables and shelves. Among the many smalls on offer were a Nineteenth Century Shaker sewing box, a sewing stand with a pincushion top; several 100-year-old alphabet plates, both porcelain and tin; an enamel coffee pot, likely French; a toleware candle sconce from early in the Nineteenth Century and a selection of yellowware.
Ironstone Antiques, Hardwick, Mass., was selling from the get-go here. Early sales, according to Tim Brigham, were two Eighteenth Century candlestands, one from Connecticut and the other Pennsylvania and both in iron. Later sales included a hornbeam, several Nineteenth Century bookcases in early paint and, as Tim said, “lots of smalls.”
Susan Fogg, Charlton, N.Y., was showing a wonderful collection of miniature baskets. She began selling from that showcase as soon as the show opened, with some of the treen finding new homes as well.
The first sale for George Johnson, a Montpelier, Vt., dealer, was a marble drop game complete with the necessary two sets of marbles. He was quickly adding sales of his other smalls, including the butter molds, treen and yellowware. Before the weekend was over he and his wife Celine Blais had written 91 sales for toleware, baskets, stoneware and just about every category they had to offer. “We love this show, we sell everything here,” he said.
Ruth Anne Wilkinson was especially pleased with the results from this year’s show, for it is the association’s primary fundraising event. She produces a smaller fall edition of the show, September 17–18, and will repeat this show next March. For more information, email@example.com or 518-295-7505.
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