BATH, MAINE — Paul Fuller gathered more than 50 exhibiting antiques dealers, most from Maine, for the most recent session of the Bath Antiques show on March 9 at Bath Middle School. Reporting after the show, Fuller said the attendance was one of the best totals since he took over management of the monthly fall and winter event from Polly Thibodeau. Dealers are well ingrained to this now 24-year-old experience that brings collections featuring Maine-found antiques. The show has a reputation for being “the well for the early things we find up here,” according to Thibodeau.
John Kelley has another occupation in nearby Auburn, Maine, but searches the area for good antiques, especially small glass items and early earthenware. His exhibit was quickly pounced on by the first shopper as soon as the show opened at 10 am, picking early examples of art glass and some Chinese Export dishes.
Old Port Book Shop from Bath was selling early books on cooking and golf along with early dolls, which were, for the most part, handcrafted in the Nineteenth Century. The dealer also showed several exceptional baskets.
Probably the furthest traveled dealer at the show was Les Dumont from Madawaska, more than 300 miles to the north, where he also shops for his collection. His sales were good, he said, including “an early hooked rug in great colors of two swans, several pieces of folk art, two handmade runners, a decoy and an early store sign.”
In her retirement as the show’s former promoter, Thibodeau is now an exhibiting dealer through Brick Store Antiques, the Bath shop she shares with her sister, Jan Durham. Their sales were good, including an early start with a pair of wagon wheels and a chrome yellow ladder, probably used indoors, as it was only about 3 feet tall.
Furniture found in Maine was offered by several exhibitors. The Garlands from Jefferson had an unusual, large farm table with only one leaf in pine top with turned hardwood legs, a tap table in red and several early painted cupboards.
James LeFurgy, Harpswell, Maine, was showing an early folding camp table in green paint and decorative shutters in blue paint, along with a collection of early smalls. His prize for the day was an early microscope, complete in excellent condition with a maker’s mark showing it had been made in Philadelphia in the Nineteenth Century.
Furniture and an early carved mahogany room dividing screen were offered by Bud Tully, Dunstable, Mass. His collection for the day also included art glass and several pieces of Chinese Export.
Round Pond, Maine, dealer Christopher Stanley returned to the business of antiques from an eight-year absence. This was a regular event for him for many years, so he was glad to be back with his current collection, including several Nineteenth Century samplers, a few architectural pieces and small boxes and household accessories.
A great deal of interest was stirred in an unusual weathervane offered by Tina Mortimer from Falmouth, Maine. Made from ribbon iron and wrought pieces, it was very delicate with decorative curls on the directional and standard and a wrought rooster as the primary symbol. She also sold an early boat model.
Antique and Estate Company, Wolfeboro, N.H., was selling small things, including a pair of Bennington Toby mugs and more. Mary Ann Betke, Newcastle, Maine, brought a collection of woodenware that had been repurposed into decorative accessories. Portland, Maine, dealer Lanny Lumbert was showing a colorful hooked mat that drew a great deal of attention early that morning.
Harry Hepburn, Heritage Antiques in Harrison, Maine, is a clock expert, restoring and repairing them for clients and for sale. This weekend he was there to sell some, but also to give appraisals for market values and feasibility of restoring clocks brought in by shoppers.
Conducted on the second Sunday from October through April, the Bath Antiques Show season is winding down with only one more scheduled for April 13. Fuller said that there was still some space available and for the visitors there is always good food service, as he does all that himself.
For additional information, www.bathantiquesshows.com or 207-582-5908.