Attractive Americana Abounds At Antiques In Vermont Show

MANCHESTER CENTER, VT. — Stacks of colorful pantry boxes and blanket chests competed with equally vivid quilts, folky hooked rugs, baskets and naïve portraits at the one-day Antiques in Vermont show October 6 at Riley Rink. There was so much great Americana present that perhaps Vermont Antiques Week, which this show wrapped up, ought to be renamed Vermont Americana Week.

Seriously though, the show was a feast for the senses for collectors, and the large crowd that gathered at the entrance awaiting the 8 am early admission surely was not disappointed. As the final show of the week, it is also the largest, pulling in 76 dealers this year under one roof. The offerings were stellar and while there were many similar examples, each had its own unique charm and there was much to delight here.

Stephen C. Burkhardt Antiques, Felton, Penn., offered an Eighteenth Century Pennsylvania tavern table on a stretcher base with nice patina and scrubbed top; a chimney cupboard with a single three-panel door, four interior shelves and beaded edge molding in a worn blue-green paint; and a fine, early staved butter churn in old red over blue paint having its original dasher.

Highlights at Griffith’s Antiques included a child’s blanket box in dry red paint, having square nails and a lift-off lid, early Nineteenth Century; a two-drawer painted chest, dated 1840, square nails and carved pulls; a folk art game wheel in original paint and condition; a Nineteenth Century dry sink and a folk art rooster vane, Nineteenth Century.

New Jersey dealer Painted Pony Antiques featured a stack of three Nineteenth Century pantry boxes, a Native American scoop, a bird’s-eye maple bowl, and a Guilford, Conn., sea chest that belonged to Captain Frederick A. Weld (1820–1893).

Maria’s Pond Antiques, Mariaville, N.Y., boasted quite a colorful booth, with three large, vivid quilts that the dealer hung on the back wall. Other standouts were a folk art cobra from Maine and a late Eighteenth–early Nineteenth Century yarn winder in original paint.

On offer at Old Farm Antiques, Reading, Penn., were a New England tavern table with an old green painted surface and figured maple two-board top; two stoneware jugs with cobalt decoration, one from New Haven, Conn.; and a rare 18-quart jug from Portsmouth, N.H.

Holidays shared the spotlight with children’s accessories at Forget Me Not Antiques, where Christmas and Easter items filled shelves and covered tables from a box of Santa Claus candies to an early Twentieth Century German papier mache Easter candy container. The Norwich, Vt., dealer also showed a copy of Sunshine for Little Children displayed near several pairs of children’s shoes, including a brown and black leather pair with swirls.

Primitives were abundant at Michael & Carol Kellogg, Hudson Ohio, including a stack of four pantry boxes, a wooden ladle and paint decorated bowls in red, blue, yellow, maroon and chestnut. Other standouts included a sawbuck table in a pleasing old surface and a New Hampshire mat, “Cats Paw,” in great color.

Specializing in American country antiques, Jeff & Cathy Amon Antiques, Jamestown, Penn., offered a geometric hooked rug with nice color, a pair of late Nineteenth Century, Pennsylvania child’s chairs with bootjack splats in original green paint and floral decoration, a David Ellington watercolor with vibrant tulip, flowers and heart and a mid-Nineteenth Century Pennsylvania dough box on legs in all-original condition.

Standouts at Raccoon Creek Antiques at Oley Forge, Oley, Penn., included a dry sink, colorful pantry boxes and flanking the booth was a pair of hooked greats, a multicolored one with dogs and cats, and the other on with floral decoration.

Mary de Buhr American Antiques, Downers Grove, Ill., offered a very early box in oak with original red, having rosehead nail construction, a fine pewter cupboard, an early bucket bench with rosehead nails and a wall box with three sections ex Sally Whittemore.

Colleen Kinloch Antiques, Laurel, Md., put together a diverse and attractive booth, highlighting a Hepplewhite drop leaf table, circa 1790, with tapered legs and original surface; a wonderful hooked rug with great colors having a central medallion in salmon, early 1900s; and a diminutive walnut four-drawer chest with graduated, dovetailed drawers and great cutouts, circa 1880.

Among the offerings at Gail White American Antiques were a barrister back chair, circa 1730; an Eighteenth Century beehive bowl, chestnut; and a Seventeenth Century English Jacobean joint stool.

Steven Still, Elizabethtown, Penn., displayed a great blanket box found in Concord, N.H. The dealer also offered a folky rooster on stand, stoneware and painted furniture.

Quiet Corner Antiques, Sterling, Conn., offered a great, full-bodied walking farm horse vane, late Nineteenth Century measuring 23 inches tall; a matched pair of fanback Windsor side chairs, probably from the Boston area, in old green paint, circa 1790–1810; and a great dry sink in red wash, mid-1800s, having two interior shelves

Show managers Phyllis Carlson and Tim Stevenson put together an attractive booth filled with textiles from colorful quilts to white table linens, and even two fabric-covered footstools with a star-pattern on its seat.

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