40th Alice Peck Day Fall Show Hosts More Than 70 Dealers

LEBANON, N.H. –— The Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Antiques Show was a full house at Lebanon High School on November 3 for the 40th consecutive year. Produced by Lee B. Pirkey for the past seven years, the show hosted more than 70 dealers with what Pirkey said “was as good a crowd as always this Sunday.” She added that in this northern New England one-day show “the dealers emphasize the small antiques they can get into their booths that morning and easily pack out in the afternoon in spite of what the new England fall weather may be. Some furniture and room settings were present, but sales were best in smalls.”

Tom Copadis, Peter Wood Hill Antiques of Deering, N.H., was there with his collection of silver and small glass and earthenware. He reported sales of some special silver flatware and an early cranberry glass dish.

Ken Reid, Andover, N.H., said he was pleased with his results for the day with many transactions. “I came in hoping to sell a lot of my little things, not the big spectacular antiques but nice early antiques that people could add to their collections without much sacrifice. That resulted in a very good day for me. I sold lots of Nineteenth Century things; for example, a little doll’s chair for just $20, and a whole lot more.”

Maine resident Jim LeFurgy came with his stock of antiques, including a pair of early snowshoes and a large hooked rug depicting a moose with a large rack. His collection also included several paintings with winter scenes and a collection of small stoneware and early lighting.

Early Old Sheffield Plate silver has become a large part of Art Walter’s collection. The Waitsfield, Vt., collector/dealer has been building his inventory in it over the last few years to the point that it is a major part of his display. Walters also was showing and selling several early paintings — portraits from the Nineteenth Century as well as several scenic oil on canvas pieces — early brass andirons and even several early musical instruments.

The Horse and The Bear is the antiques business of Toni Prince, Norwich, Vt. While Prince did offer some furniture, her sales were all smalls.

“Well, I did okay” was Roger Pheulpin’s response to the question, How was the show for you? The former Gloucester lobster fisherman, now an antiques dealer for more than 30 years, reported sales “included silver, jewelry, ceramics and more. One of the better pieces sold was an estate piece, a gold bracelet with diamonds,” he said. He added that he buys most of his collection from estates and house calls.

Sandmark Antiques, Sudbury, Vt., exhibited in an oversize booth in the corner of the larger room, showing a collection of furniture and smalls. While the furniture sales were slow, co-owner Sandi Hutchins said they did sell a butter churn, a variety of early tools, including several planes, and a variety of other small antiques.

Restored late Nineteenth Century furniture is the primary ingredient in the collection of Two Sides of a River from nearby New London, N.H. Michael Pheffer, the proprietor, is also the restorer when necessary of the Larkin, Stickley and other similar style pieces that were offered. “An early elm three-drawer chest was the best piece of furniture I sold, along with a good collection of small antiques,” he said.

Harwinton, Conn., dealers David and Susan Ryan were offering a large collection of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century kitchen tools. Their own collection is among the largest of its kind, with more different types of unusual paraphernalia; for example, they have a large assortment of whisks, numerous kinds of nutmeg graters, egg scales and many more interesting tools. This show is late in the year, so they also brought early Christmas decorations.

There were various furniture collections. Tom and Kate Pirozzoli, Goshen, N.H., were offering a collection of early cupboards in paint and natural finishes. Mary Ann Betke, Ship Island, Maine, was showing a period Chippendale-style fall front desk in oak with its original dark finish. Easter Hill Antiques, Sharon Conn., was showing a kitchen room setting from the early 1800s.

Mill Brook Antiques, Reading Vt., was in its usual place, just inside the door, with a collection of early furniture and small antiques. Nancy Stahura, co-owner together with her husband John, said that sales were different than in the past but still good. Her sales were primarily the small things, accessories rather than the period furniture.

A large antique Persian rug was the biggest sale for Roger Williams of the Boathouse from Wiscasset, Maine. Usually expecting to sell nautical antiques and early collectibles, Roger said the rug was his most valuable single sale for the day.

Nick Kay and Leah Marquis of Kay’s Antiques were quite pleased with their day-long effort. Coming into the show from Plaistow, N.H., they brought a large quantity of “small wood.” Nick reported sales that included an early shipping box with its contents advertised as “Worcester Stove [parts] and a wooden cubby with lots of small drawers, and lot more of the little storage things.”

Conducted twice each year, the next show begins the 41st year on March 30, again at Lebanon High School, from 10 am until 3 pm, a slight change in the hours. For information, 207-882 6302.

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