Milford Antiques Show Beats Winter Weather

MILFORD, N.H. — Show promoter Jack Donigian had a near-capacity exhibition on December 30 in spite of dreadful weather forecasts for the day and night before his antiques show, which is conducted every Sunday in the fall and winter. His dealers were like postal letter carriers with not a thought about the weather, and customers who came found great deals, with primarily smalls offered at good value. This show occurs 24 times each fall and winter, Sunday from 8:30 to 11:30 am, with dealers arriving at 7 am for setup. This most recent show had suffered somewhat from snowy weather on the day before the show, but even so, Donigian very nearly filled the Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Club.

With a capacity of 78 booth spaces, the club presented dealers exhibiting in all but a few spaces. While exhibitors generally offered small antiques and collectibles, there was also some furniture on offer.

Greg Hamilton of Stoneblock Antiques, Vergennes, Vt., rarely misses the show, taking an oversized space to show his collections of art, silver and more. This week his offerings included a large assortment of early sterling silver flatware and hollowware, some Old Sheffield plate and more. There was also a collection of fine art, impressionist paintings and some early works in oil on canvas.

Saugus, Mass., dealer Brian Shea was there with several tables filled with little things. There was a pair of early block prints, framed and matted; several different forms of early earthenware, furniture and some textiles.

The Huffman Collection, Saddle River, N.J. had a great array of early antiques. There was an American Pembroke table, maple, a pair of bowback Windsor chairs, a New Hampshire Hepplewhite stand in very early red milk paint, another stand in cherry showing traces on red wash and a small chest of drawers in red pitch paint. This exhibit featured a variety of earthenware, including a Tiber pattern well and tree platter, circa 1815, more early transfer ware and an assortment of early American pewter.

Mark Costello, Sandwich, Mass., has a shop in his hometown but also does some shows, frequently this Milford show. This week he brought, among other antiques, an early Mission oak stand with an interesting undercarriage made with some special purpose in the designer’s mind, probably for sorting his work. There was also an assortment of early pottery and some architectural pieces in his collection.

Richard Wallace is a regular at this show and has a booth right up front. This week, his first sale of the day was a reproduction Colt Navy revolver, percussion, black powder, which was in good working condition. This Groton, Mass., dealer also offered an assortment of small antiques and furniture, including a very early blanket box with till and early green paint.

Next to Wallace was Richard Lewis, Groton, Mass., with some early art, including an unframed theorem. While the age was not certain, it was in excellent condition and offered at a low price. He also had an unusual blanket chest, short, with several faux drawer fronts augmenting its real drawers.

Pittsford, Vt., dealer Michael Seward showed an assorted collection. A pair of early architectural panels painted into story scenes was among his offerings.

Jim Gahan, Falmouth, Mass., is another regular at the show, but he brings a fresh variety each week. His centerpiece this week was an early Continental pillar clock in the form of a Greek temple in good working order.

Canton and Nanking export porcelain was the primary collection from Jack Tullish, Scituate, Mass.

Don Willis, St Johnsbury, Vt,. offered a collection of “bear traps” for collectors, as he said most are now not legal to use. Willis is the promoter of the Montpelier, Vt., antiques show twice each month, so he only exhibits in Milford on his “off” Sundays.

Emmons and Martin were set up together as usual. Cheryl Emmons offered an early hooked rug in a checkerboard pattern. B.F. Martin had a pair of the Cape and Island Ferry boats for sale at $200 each; they were about 1-foot-long each and exhibited great detail.

For information, 781-329-1192 or www.milfordantiqueshow.com.

Brian Shea, Saugus, Mass.

Mark Costello, Sandwich, Mass.

Jim Gahan, Falmouth, Mass.

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