GREENLAWN, N.Y. — For the 35th consecutive year, Long Island area antiques dealers, along with a few others based farther afield, came to Harborfields High School for the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association’s biggest fundraising affair of the year — the Greenlawn Antiques Show.
Association director Deanne Rathke said the March 1–2 show “was a full house with over 50 dealers, and attendance was similar to the last several years, even with a serious threat of bad weather Sunday.”
Entry to the show was through a long corridor filled with antiques and early collectibles. Susan Poole was offering her inventory of white linens for the home to appreciative customers. From nearby Islandia, N.Y., she was busy most of the weekend, selling vintage dining table napkins, table covers and a good deal more.
Also having a short drive to the show was T.J. Antorino Antiques, Oyster Bay, N.Y., with a collection of ladies’ accessories from the Twentieth Century. Early purses with designer labels, heirloom and costume jewelry, dressing accoutrements such as Hermes scarves and a great deal more were selling well from the dealer’s showcases.
An eclectic collection was offered by Maria Andreou of Fort Lee, N.J. Early dishes from the Nineteenth Century included English Spode, French Limoges and a variety of American makers, while other booth offerings included Art Deco glass goblets in several patterns, early canisters and a brass bread box, paintings and early prints.
Brooklyn, N.Y., dealers David Ramsey and Christian Zulli featured an attractive display of Nineteenth Century art and fine home accessories. Among their offerings were several religious art objects, including a crucifix carved in walnut and another in linen, framed. A painting of a fruit in a basket was drawing attention with a modest price, along with several other paintings. Their collection also included several cut glass dishes and more home accessories.
In the back of the cafeteria was CPD Construction with a collection of great fun pieces. The Glen Cove, N.Y., building contractor owners are also antiques dealers for the fun of it, and their inventory showed just that. A humorous cigar store-style Indian was only about 4½ feet tall, holding cigars in one hand and shading his eyes with the other as if he was trying to determine his location, saying, “Where are we?” or something similar to that. They were also selling coin operated machines and coin collectors from buses.
Andy’s Antiques, East Quogue, N.Y., was selling smalls rather than furniture. Co-owner Garry Wassle said sales included a silver muffineer, fine jewelry, some cast iron and brass boxes.
In the main room of the show, the school’s gymnasium, were about 40 exhibitors, most of them offering the larger antiques and furniture. Three friends were side by side, all from a shop in Huntington, N.Y. Material Things offered a collection of Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century painted furniture. Nan’s Antiques and Collectibles showed an early drop leaf worktable in pine, from Europe, along with a Victorian birdcage and some small furniture. Cozy Antiques was selling early prints and art, linens and early textiles.
Leslie Lorant. GPSF Antiques, Fishkill, N.Y., featured early American small decorator items. His quilt backdrop had a double star pattern in excellent condition. There was also a long drop leaf table from the Nineteenth Century in the William and Mary style and mule eared ladder back chairs to go with it.
Brooklyn, N.Y., dealer Ina Levy showcased early household machines, including a very large apple peeler, perhaps a commercial piece, touted as doing the job better and faster than the usual models.
Art from many styles sold throughout the show. George Betton, South Salem, N.Y., featured Twentieth Century artists. Across the aisle, Karen and Albert Williams, Hempstead, N.Y., had folk art and home furnishings. Jeannot R. Barr Fine Prints, Northport, N.Y., sold well for the weekend.
Furniture was also selling. Dave Nelz of Platypus Antiques, Dix Hills, N.Y., sold an early bucket bench in blue milk paint, a traveling safe, several large old signs and pantry boxes. Theodore Mahler Antiques, Huntington, N.Y., sold an Art Deco table, an early American blanket box in red paint and small art. He also parted wtih an early child’s red wagon with cast iron wheels.
Joan Eden, S. Eden Antiques, Commack, N.Y., was so busy throughout the show she had to be interviewed on the second day of the show. Her stock is entirely jewelry — most of it antique heirloom pieces. A standout was an early dragonfly of 18K white gold with pink sapphire wings, a green emerald body and diamonds in the articulated tail. She dated the piece as circa 1960.
Look for the show to repeat again in early March next year. For more information, www.greenlawncenterporthistorical.org or 631-754-1180.