Dear Oak Lover,
Besides snow drops and daffodils, March in New England also means Spring Hartford. Only this year, the show, properly known as the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show, will be held in Springfield, Massachusetts. A bit confusing perhaps (though at least "Spring" remains accurate,) but it's easy to reach, just off I-95, a bit north of Hartford. We hope we'll see you there.
We love it when there's something intriguing about an antique. This six-board coffer is unusual partly because of its long, low proportions, and partly because the maker (we think) put two holes in it. What he had in mind, we have no idea, but it's fun to speculate. Learn more ...
Marquetry or Veneer
Sometimes we can use "antiques jargon" a bit too freely. A recent visitor to our shop asked why we'd tagged a lace box as "marquetry" and a table as "oyster veneered." She seemed interested in our explanation of the difference, so we thought we'd share it more widely. Learn more ...
Pick of our Picks
Can you spot the three things that make this little gate-leg table different from any other that we've handled? Check it out ...
American Windsor chairmakers never came up with a Windsor anything like this. But English Windsors pushed the envelope further. For those of you who haven't read John's article on "Extraordinary English Windsors" in the New England Antiques Journal, visit our homepage.
We're getting a steady, if not spectacular, response to our blog. We try to post at least one new item a week, but forgive us if we occasionally fail. One of our most popular posts is the picture of our booth that we put up after each show. If you can't visit us in person at Hartford/Springfield, at least you'll be able to visit our blog and see what we looked like.
We've just added a new show to our spring schedule - the Wayside Inn Antiques Show just to the west of Boston. It's on Mother's Day weekend (now there's a great gift idea!) and we have a nice big booth, so we can bring a lot of good things to it.
A happy Spring to you all, we hope to see you soon.
Lisa and John