CONCORD, N.H. — Let it be known, once and for all, “Pickers Market is not moving, but will remain on Friday,” Frank Gaglio, show manager, said. He added, “The success of Pickers this year on Friday cemented its position for Antiques Week in New Hampshire.” His decision was easy. The gate was up, people like the facility, and the dealers did well.
Mid*Week Antiques Show, managed by Barn Star Productions, ended at 4 pm on Thursday, August 8, and by 6 pm some of the Pickers dealers were already moving into the Douglas Everett Arena. Dealers had until midnight to set up for the next day’s show, and they also had three hours on Friday to polish off the booths in time for the 10 am opening.
Rain threatened Friday morning so the line of visitors waiting for the show to open was moved inside, positioned so that some booths at the front of the show were quite visible and tempting from behind the “do not cross” yellow tape. A few minutes early, the tape was removed and the herd of people moved onto the floor and the buying began. “Most of the exhibitors were very happy, and the people seemed to be having a good time as well,” Frank said.
There was a nice mix, with country far outnumbering the formal, brown look, and quilts, hooked rugs and game boards added bright colors to many of the booths. Over the years, the Pickers Market has grown from what you would expect from the name of the show and become an important and good looking antiques show.
Dating from the late 1800s was a hooked rug with a black dog in the center, red tongue hanging out, and red roses in the two bottom corners, in the booth of Pewter & Wood Antiques, Enfield, N.H. A flying duck whirligig retained the original surface, and a collection of eight bottle dolls, all with the original clothing, was available as a group or individually.
Tom Delach of Columbus, Ohio, and Jim Hirsheimer, Erwinna, Penn., shared a booth and filled it with folk art, including a group of three tin figures, constructed of pipe and cans, as well as a very long fishing rod with a huge reel on which was painted “Bait and Tackle.” A slim wall-mounted barber pole had stars on a blue field under a finial on top, and a collection of a dozen walking sticks, all by the same hand, had heads carved on top with each figure apparently representing a different nationality. Several of them had carved snakes winding around the length of the cane.
Colleen Kinloch Antiques, Bristol, Maine, offered an Eighteenth Century Queen Anne tavern table with dovetailed drawer, pegged construction, single board top with breadboard ends, and a nice ladder back armchair in old red, circa 1860.
Greg Hamilton of Stone Block Antiques, Vergennes, Vt., drove home from the show in Deerfield, got a new load, and came back for Pickers. “And then I will be off to a show in Maine,” Greg said. He noted that “young people like Twentieth Century things,” so his Pickers booth included a pair of 1967 Knoll Barcelona chairs, with matching ottoman. A tin fish sculpture was mounted on a stand, and above the table was shown an American flag with 45 stars.
A thick, round chopping block on three turned legs, which had seen its share of the meat market, was shown by Matthew Ehresman of Wadsworth, Ohio, along with a one-drawer, lift top blanket chest with gray surface and scalloped base. A selection of treen plates was for sale, as was a 21-drawer, wall-hung apothecary in old mustard paint.
From Utica, N.Y., Griffith Antiques came to Pickers with a selection of furniture that included a child’s blanket chest in old dry surface, a late Eighteenth Century sawbuck table of good size in the original paint with a two-board top and a Hudson Valley side chair with rush seat, pad feet, old brown surface and dating circa 1750.
Mill Creek Antiques, Geneseo, N.Y., also brought some wood and offered a small Shaker rocker, a bowback Windsor highchair and a pair of fanback Windsor side chairs with high backs and well-splayed legs both front and back.
Finish Line Collectibles of Campbelltown, Penn., showed a very large rooster weathervane in sheet metal, Long Island origin, a ring-toss game with the targets in the form of hearts and a very different barber pole in the shape of a lighthouse that came from Coastal Maine.
Baker & Co. Antiques came from Soquel, Calif., with a varied selection, such as a pair of tramp art bookends in the shape of the front and back end of a train, a very early cloth doll from Maine, a Pennsylvania churn in original paint and decoration, Nineteenth Century, marked “Wonderful Churn No. 2” and an interesting set of seven early New England backsplashes, each with a different finish, that were used as salesman’s samples.
Florida was represented by Maxine Craft of Sarasota with a New England demilune table in old red, one-board top, with a large, copper rooster weathervane displayed on top of it. The American frigate Constitution, with a prominent American flag flying, was shown in oil on board, and an Eighteenth Century New England candlestand had a six-sided top and X base.
Two large cast iron decorative grates, 31¼ inches square, were mounted on the back wall of the booth of Steele & Steele Antiques, Middletown, R.I. Color was added to the booth with a child’s highchair in blue and a washstand in mustard yellow.
“I have found some interesting things here and really like this show,” Justin Cobb of Captain’s Quarters, Amherst, Mass., said. Standing in the corner of his booth, on a painted stool, was a folk art carved and white painted owl of good size, under an oil on canvas by Warren Shepard (American, 1858–1937), titled “Rescue at Sea,” the sinking of the Waug off the coast of Nova Scotia. It measures 30 by 28 inches. A model of Big Bull, a well-carved and painted tugboat, was shown in a case.
“I guess the buying spirit that we had at Mid*Week carried over to Pickers, as a lot of things went out of this show,” Frank Gaglio said. He also noted that “it was nice to see so many of our regular visitors, and dealers who were in other shows during Antiques Week in New Hampshire.” The Everett Arena in Concord will remain the site for both Mid*Week and Pickers in 2014.
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