CONCORD, N.H. — “It was a great 20th anniversary for Mid*Week and everything went well. All in all, we had a great show,” Frank Gaglio, manager, said. He noted that the gate was up from last year, when the show first moved to the Douglas N. Everett Arena in Concord, and buying was “like to old days” for the majority of the exhibitors. “We presold the line and had close to 400 people waiting to get into the show on the first day, and they continued coming all day long,” Frank added.
The show opened this year at 8 am, an hour earlier than last year, and to further mark the 20th year of the show, a luncheon was served at noon on Wednesday, August 7. “Lots of people, somewhere around 200-plus, stayed and enjoyed the food and drink,” Frank said, “and we had so many people that we had to order another round of food before it was over.”
The show ran until 4 pm on Thursday when the exhibitors moved out of the arena to make room for the dealers taking part in the Pickers Market to start moving in. “It was a very smooth transition,” Lynn Webb, office manager said, “and Pickers was up and ready for the crowd on Friday morning at 10 am.”
Mid*Week filled the entire arena, with 63 dealers taking up all of the room except for an area at the front of the show for the cafeteria and a booth for the shipper. The booths were attractive, the inventories varied, and the show visitors seemed to be in a buying mood. Stationed outside the Everett Arena at about 11 am, this reporter watched those leaving the show, and few went empty handed. Most were carrying shopping bags (contents unknown), one lady had a small three-tier wall shelf tucked under her arm, one gentleman had a red wash side chair, while another gent carried a small tavern table, all within the span of about ten minutes.
Holden Antiques of Sherman, Conn., and Naples, Fla., had one of the booths facing the entrance and it was filled to capacity with a colorful arrangement of iron, wood and glass. Standing on a worktable was a carved, wooden, folk art horse with the original dapple painted surface, Nineteenth Century, and a tin and wood early trade sign came off a bicycle and motorcycle shop, a piece probably of French origin. It dates from circa 1910 and measured 36½ inches high, 22 inches long. A Connecticut cherry four-drawer chest, Hartford County, was from the early Nineteenth Century and had the original signed H&J brasses and bracket feet.
“That weathervane is as good as it gets,” Jim Grievo of Stockton, N.J., said, pointing out a Nineteenth Century New England horse and sulky with rider vane, circa 1870–1910, with the original surface. It recently came from the collection of Andy Williams and sold at the show. Also shown was a Berks County, Penn., decorated blanket chest, circa 1820–1830, and a New England ship portrait, with an American flag, oil on canvas. A swan was depicted on an interesting hooked rug, and a New Hampshire candlestand was of cherry with a square top.
David H. Horst Antiques, Lebanon, Penn., showed a large hand-pieced folk art hearth rug covered with butterflies, birds and color spilling from a cornucopia. “That rug must have taken a long time to make as those are all single pieces attached to the surface,” David said. Furniture included an early Pennsylvania Dutch country desk in walnut, Kutztown, Penn., origin, and a tin rooster weathervane had the original surface.
It could have been a row of shooting gallery targets against the back wall of the booth had it not been the display of Harold Cole and Bettina Krainin of Woodbury, Conn. “That is the best collection of small weathervane I have had in many years,” Harold said, noting, “the small stag of the bush never shows up in that perfect condition.” Along with the stag there was a pig, an eagle, standing Index horse and running horse. A most impressive collection. Also know for early furniture, Harold offered a circa 1720–1740 banister back armchair from Avon, Conn., and an Eighteenth Century tavern table, three-board top with breadboard ends. A large folk art model of a train locomotive and coal car was copied from the Portland & Rumford Falls Railway.
Cast iron still and mechanical banks, along with cast iron and tin toys, filled two large cases and were surrounded by folk art pieces in the booth of Gemini Antiques, Oldwick, N.J. A running horse was depicted on a hooked rug with a zigzag border, circa 1900, and a circa 1880 oil on canvas showed the Hudson River Aqueduct. An eagle with banner highlighted the Massachusetts State emblem, circa 1860, and a cast iron clown shooting gallery target retained much of the original paint. Of interest to children, years ago, was a well-decorated sled and a Santa roly-poly that once was filled with candy.
“I brought a few later things this time as the young people are leaning in that direction,” Arne Anton of American Primitive, New York City, said. He pointed out an oversized tennis racquet, a circa 1970s piece of advertising that came from a sporting goods store. However, as he is known for his carvings and cast iron objects, his booth included a heavy pair of andirons featuring cast iron ducks, a large sheet iron bull weathervane with the original surface, a carved marble bust of Lincoln and a rooster shooting gallery target. A wood carving of Gentleman Jim Corbett, the heavyweight champion of the world, 1892–1897, “came out of the collection of the late Harvey Kahn,” Arne said.
Baldwin House Antiques of Strasburg, Penn., had a complete set of decorated kitchen furniture from Landisville, Penn., circa 1860. Included were a cupboard with the original dough box and iron scraper, a dry sink, jelly cupboard, wood box and a set of six chairs. It was all constructed of pine and poplar. Of New England origin was a paint decorated sawbuck table, New England, Eighteenth Century, pine and oak with a three-board scrubbed top.
Sharon and Claude Baker of Hamilton, Ohio, had a circa 1800 New England corner cupboard in old blue paint with two doors, raised panels and picture frame moldings. A squeak cat was in the company of a large chalk cat, Pennsylvania, circa 1860, that came from the estate of dealer/collector Dorothy Bruce of Illinois. A Chippendale 27-drawer apothecary in cherry and pine dated from the Eighteenth Century.
John H. Rogers Antiques, CAFS, LLC, Elkins, N.H., dominated the market for butter prints, bowls, spoons and molds, plus other various shapes of wooden objects. Among the spoons was a bird effigy example from the Great Lakes, circa 1870, and a colorful game board with a floral border hung against the back wall. A set of six thumb back Windsor side chairs were around a large drop leaf table at the center of the booth.
Mad River Antiques, LLC, North Granby, Conn., is known for its selection of decorated stoneware and again a good number of pieces was offered. In addition, a colorful parrot eyeing a bunch of cherries was the subjects of a large hooked rug, and a late Nineteenth Century wood and metal rooster weathervane retained a weathered surface. Among several paintings was an oil on canvas by Carleton Wiggins (1848–1932), born Orange County, N.Y., of cows in a field.
David A. Zabriskie of Lake Placid, N.Y., offered a two-drawer blanket chest in cherry, vinegar painted, New York State, circa 1810, and a large oval bowl in ash, Eighteenth Century, Iroquois. An oil on board showed a view of the Hudson River with a dozen sailboats on the water between two mountains, and a sign read “Prevent Fire — No Smoking In Bed.”
Bertolet House Antiques, Oley, Penn., had a good number of pieces of furniture, including an open cupboard in blue, circa 1850, from the Northeast region, and a Pennsylvania milk cupboard in red, circa 1840, that was found in Chester County. A child’s armchair retained the splint seat, circa 1900, and a blue firkin, perfect condition and color, was shown on top of a pie safe.
Stephen Score, Boston, hung a large half-model of a colorful lake steamer on the left wall, a double bench, painted, was against the back wall, and a rabbit doorstop with great paint stood command atop of a pedestal. “I want everything to have color,” Stephen said, and proved it with the Mid*Week booth and again on Friday when he set up at the Pickers Market.
A selection of large and small onion lanterns, all with the original glass shades, was in the booth of Dennis Raleigh of Wiscasset, Maine. He showed no furniture, but the booth was filled with interesting objects, including a drum with American flags all around, a shooting gallery clown in full dress, and cast iron andirons with Indians standing in full headdress.
Hanes & Ruskin, Old Lyme, Conn., had a transitional child’s Windsor side chair with fully developed legs, Pennsylvania, circa 1800, and a blue painted Queen Anne porringer top tea table from Rhode Island, original red surface, circa 1750. Doing a brisk business were Charles and Barbara Adams of South Yarmouth, Mass., who had a row of shopping bags at the front of their booth, waiting for customers to return to claim their purchases. Standing in the corner of the booth was a tall cranberry sorter and screener from Harwich, Mass., and at the front of the booth was an early dollhouse, with large dormer, the came from Lancaster, Penn.
Color popped from every corner and from the showcase at the booth of Robert Snyder and Judy Wilson, Wiscasset, Maine. A pair of cast iron andirons with two “dandies” dressed in their finest measured 16 inches tall and was found in New Hampshire, and a pair of child’s ladder back armchairs retained an old red surface and the original splint seats. “These chairs have to be by the same hand and they have never been separated, which is great,” Bob Snyder said. Few shoppers left their booth without taking note of a snowy owl by James Soules and Joseph Swisher of Decatur, Ill. The double-sided figure has glass eyes and was made as a scarecrow for starlings in barns and later as a decoy for crow hunters. Dating circa 1940, it measured 14½ inches tall.
Steve Smoot of Lancaster, Penn., showed a painted shield from a DAR Post in Marion, Wis., Nineteenth Century with 12 stars, and an early Twentieth Century pipe stand, tramp art, chip carved with painted surface. The central container on top of the stand had a standing carved dog on the lid.
DBR Antiques, Doug Ramsay, Hadley, Mass., hung a trade sign for Quality Plumbing in the shape of a water faucet, showed a circa 1920 whirligig with the figure of a man on a high wheel bicycle, and two fish weathervanes were among four offered. White’s Nautical Antiques of North Yarmouth, Maine, had a builder’s half-model of the Uncle Sam, circa 1890, and a seven-masted schooner by Thomas Lawson, built in 1910, and now enclosed in a glass case.
Several pieces of early country furniture were in the booth of Quiet Corner Antiques, Sterling, Conn., including an Eighteenth Century tavern table with one-board top, direct from a Connecticut home, and a Chippendale, carved walnut slant front desk had a pinwheel carved drawer and the rear of the writing surface had four applied carved fans.
J&G Antiques, Amityville, N.Y., had a large Enterprise No. 7 coffee grinder with eagle on top, perfect paint, and a New York classical painted and stencil decorated chest of drawers had a mirror on top.
On Wednesday morning David Thompson was busy hanging a trio of pastel portraits, all from the same family, on the back wall of the booth. “We are a little late hanging these because we walked out of the house yesterday and left them on the kitchen table,” he said, adding, “We drove back home to South Dennis on the Cape late yesterday to get them. It was a five-hour drive.” Was it all worth it? David answered that question by saying, about an hour after the show had opened, “Yes it was, they sold within ten minutes of the show opening. In fact, we are doing very well, sales are great.”
Barn Star Productions has announced the dates for Mid*Week in 2014 — August 6-7.
For additional information, www.barnstar.com or 845-876-0616.