Published: August 11, 2015
Review And Photos By Tom O’Hara
NEW LONDON, N.H. — The New London Garden Club hosted for the 49th consecutive year its one-day antiques show and sale July 25 on this charming college town’s green. More than 50 dealers exhibited their collections that were primarily early American antiques from the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Little things were the big deals for the day, according to most of the dealers polled.
Second Tyme Around Antiques and Collectibles from nearby Alexandria, N.H, was very busy all day, according to Ellie Chalmers. She and her husband Don reported sales were “very good!” They sold a lot of china, while Don sold a couple oil lamps, and Ellie sold some early vintage and heirloom jewelry.
A similar report came from Susan Sorentino of S.B. Adams Antiques, Marblehead, Mass., who wrote up sales of several pieces of Nineteenth Century advertising, an early small wooden trunk and a selection of Quimper.
Partridge Hollow Antiques, Milton, Vt., did well with sales of smalls, including butter molds, chocolate molds and ice cream molds. Also selling early silver, dealer Dennis Chrin and his wife Lynn have been at the show for just the last few years and this was one of their best, he said.
Elijah Zimmer is fresh out of college, collecting and trading in antiques at a limited number of shows near his Cavendish, Vt. home. His collection focuses on very early Americana, the household pieces that would have been imported in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. His sales for the day reflected the highlights of his collection, with early English earthenware comprising most of his sales along with some early iron lighting.
New London’s Two Sides of a River fills an oversized space with smalls and a large supply of furniture. Dealer Mike Pheffer often uses his experience as a shop teacher to restore the furniture to as-good-as-new condition, specializing in Nineteenth Century oak and maple. At this show, however, while his sales total was good, he said, it was all in smalls, mostly advertising, tabletop and accessory pieces.
Another local dealer, Tom Pirozzoli offered a large selection of early furniture and small accessories. He was very pleased with his sales for the day, with significant furniture finding new homes. He sold an early Irish server in pine; a restored blanket chest; an early two-over-three pine chest of drawers and an iron garden chair. Trading as Provence Road Antiques, in Goshen, N.H., he has been a regular at this show for many years.
The New London show has a long tradition. It has always been a fun day with great antiques, good food and, most years, good weather. Next year’s show will be July 23 and special events are in store as this will be the 50th anniversary show.
For additional information, www.newlondongardenclub.org.
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