Harwinton Antiques Weekend Draws Big For Small Show

HARWINTON, CONN. — Jenkins Management collected more than 70 exhibiting dealers for more than 2,000 customers on Labor Day weekend, August 31–September 1, at the Harwinton Fairgrounds. Steve Jenkins, founder of the family show management business, said, “We were very pleased to have such a good gate in spite of less than the best weather. Customers know we are now predominantly indoors at this fairgrounds so the chance of summer showers doesn’t deter them from coming and looking for the antiques our dealers brought.”

Collections at the show were varied, with many popular periods and styles displayed in the five buildings, several gazebos and tents. Glenn Allard from nearby Roxbury, Conn., considers himself to be a conservator and restorer of antiques, but he pulled from his collection his favorite pieces for this weekend event. On the back wall of his exhibit was an enormous carnival gaming wheel in great condition, bright colors and all the accoutrements expected in such a piece. He also had a group of early baskets, art and many early small antiques.

Pittsford, Vt., dealer John Bourne collects and trades in early American folk art. Here, he offered various examples, including an early sheep riding toy, which he said he believes is from the latter half of the Nineteenth Century, several early pond boat models and interesting toys.

Palisades Trading Company, Windsor, Conn., was showing antique and vintage Oriental rugs. On display inside were a great many pieces in a weather-safe environment. Owner Tom Landers’ sales were dominated by small early pieces, including several small Sarouks.

Another “insider” was Albert Joseph and Company, Woodbury, Conn. Owner Al Yurovich was showing a collection of Nineteenth Century furniture and his avocation, baseball collectibles. Nearby was another Woodbury dealer, Susanne Gray, with an assortment of early birdcages.

Quilts were selling well over the weekend. Dorset, Vt., specialist Marie Miller was showing many from her collection in a walled booth that allowed her to hang them. Just beyond her exhibit, Fishers Antiques, Fishers, Ind., sold an early patchwork quilt with a chinch border for $425.

Ruchelle Davis of Town and Country Vintage Linens and Textiles, Rome, Ga., was showing linens from the last 150 years. She collects them from estate sales, and in many cases they are brought to her; she then reconditions them and offers them as her collection. Primarily she has table linens, but she also had some pieces for the bedroom and personal pieces, such as handkerchiefs.

Across the aisle, Bill Cawood was selling from his large assortment of early map prints. Cawood has so large a collection that he can feature almost any geographic area in which he exhibits, so this weekend he focused on Connecticut, New England and the Northeast with maps and nautical charts depicting areas large and small.

North Granby, Conn., dealer Mad River Antiques sold an early American blanket chest in faux grain paint on the first day. When it was sold, business owners Steve and Lorraine German replaced it with a very well-constructed watchmaker’s work bench.

With a very different style, Worden Select Objects, Burr Oak, Mich., was showing industrial objects that had been repurposed into home décor and furniture. Nipper’s Choice, Keene, N.H., offered early record players, both cylinder and flat recordings. Andy’s Antiques, East Quogue, N.Y., was selling late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century kitchen and dining room wares.

Chelsea Hill Antiques, Hampton, Conn., was selling from their collection of early furniture. Included in their sales was an early primitive tall cupboard that dealer Tom Nagy thought could have been from a church.

Harwinton Antiques Show is the continuation of a show begun about 30 years ago in nearby Farmington, Conn., as a strictly outdoor event. After several very difficult weather years there, Steve Jenkins and his son Jon found the Harwinton Fairgrounds for the twice yearly event, starting with the June and September shows in 2011. Since then dealers and shoppers alike have enjoyed this show as a primarily indoors event, with great collections to suit many different tastes.

The show has a faithful audience and loyal dealer base, according to Jenkins. While it is not at the size it once was, he did confirm that Jenkins Management and Harwinton Fairgrounds have confirmed their agreement for next year. For additional information, harwintonantiquesweekend.com or 317-598-0012.

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