GLASTONBURY, CONN. — Shoppers bundled up in their winter garb on Wednesday morning, January 1, as they braved the subfreezing temperatures to wait in line for the opening the annual Glastonbury Antiques & Collectibles Gala New Year’s Show sponsored by the Glastonbury Exchange Club and conducted at the local high school. With temperatures breaking in the 20 degree range as the sun crested the horizon, the line of shoppers began forming more than an hour prior to opening.
Those that arrived early enough were fortunate to wait in the heated foyer; those that came closer to the 9 am opening not only found it difficult to find a parking space in the school’s spacious parking lots, but they also found themselves waiting in a line that extended outdoors and down the sidewalk.
Just shy of 140 booths large, the show, managed by Barrows Show Promotional, Ltd, attracts a good mix of antiques and collectibles. While there is a good selection of furniture, it is the accessories that stand out at this show. Toys, pottery, military, Twentieth Century Modern, jewelry, advertising, nautical, glass and folk art present a pleasing assortment of items to satisfy most tastes.
As the crowd filtered into the show at opening, the aisles quickly filled as several hundred shoppers inspected the wares. Brisk business was noted in many of the booths, with a good mixture of Twentieth Century and primitive items finding new homes.
One of the first booths that shoppers encountered as they rushed onto the floor was that of Joe Collins, Middletown, Conn. Featured at the stand was an unusual folk art standing floor lamp with three-dimensional carved birds ascending from the bottom to the top. A child’s ladder back armchair, ship diorama and blown glass filled out the booth.
Next door was Green Highlander Gallery, Old Lyme, Conn., where a collection of scrimshaw was offered. The dealer also displayed several signal cannons, including a rare brass model.
Delhi, N.Y., dealer West Branch Antiques featured a booth filled with country furniture and accessories, including a dark green painted jelly cupboard, a dry sink in the original gray paint and a small cabinet in a pleasing dry powder blue paint. Several colorful hooked rugs, redware, yellowware and a selection of folk paintings rounded out the booth.
Stuart Magdefrau, Ellington, Conn., is well known for his quality smalls, and this show was no disappointment for his customers. A nice assortment of early cast iron still banks, Connecticut blown flasks, mocha and Bennington pottery lined his shelves.
One shiny spot in the show came from the booth of local Glastonbury dealer Jarrett Harrigan, where a large array of Tiffany silver included elegant coffee pots, sugars, creamers, vases, picture frames, trays and a large selection of serving utensils.
Several tall case clocks were featured at Seymour Fine Arts, Seymour, Conn., along with an interesting assortment of antiques that ranged from silver bangles to a small-sized postal mail box painted in red, white and blue.
Blue Dog Antiques, Stafford Springs, Conn., displayed a large assortment of treenware ranging from early bowls and chargers to a chip carved slant front tabletop writing desk. Several Nantucket baskets were also offered, along with an early hanging pipe box
It was all about the holiday seasons at Treasured Memories Antiques, Mansfield, Conn., where vintage mechanical Christmas displays of elves and Santa whirled about and a drummer boy beat his drums. A large country store sign for a confectioner graced the rear wall of the display.
Connecticut dealer Barendina Blais displayed a nice Gottschalk dollhouse in pleasing mustard paint and outfitted with rattan furniture on the many porches. Doing business as Van’s Elegant Antiques, Old Saybrook, Conn., the dealer also offered a complete child’s kitchen, as well as dolls and other childhood fancies.
Displaying at the show for the first time was Deborah Bassett, Woodstock, Vt. The dealer brought along a stunning selection of midcentury jewelry, including a large assortment of sterling jewelry by Modernist silversmith Patricia Sklar.
Manager Robert Barrows was all smiles as the show progressed and he is once again looking forward to next year’s edition of the Glastonbury Antiques & Collectibles Gala New Year’s Show. For further information, 860-342-2540.