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I went to the Duxbury Antique Show recently and found several items of interest that I thought your readers would enjoy. Just a little history, Duxbury (my hometown) is a small coastal Massachusetts town that was founded in 1636 as an offshoot of Plymouth Colony. Two of our most famous residents were John and Priscilla Alden – so history is all around us here! This was the 29th Annual Duxbury Antique Show and is mounted by The Duxbury Boosters Club, who raises funds to benefit the high school athletic department. The show is held in the high school gym and I must say it’s much more enjoyable to peruse antiques in that space than play dodge ball! I still have nightmares! But, I digress. The show boasted 50 booths and was quite a bustling scene!
Here are a few items that really caught my eye:
1) Copper Clothes Washer, 1912. $310
This “Easy” washer has recently been re-wired and the folks at Bent Nail Farm Antiques, Marshfield Hills, MA say it works. This would make a pretty fun conversation piece and perhaps make a great ice bucket for a big party!
2) Misc. silver plate serving pieces. $5-$12
This was a lovely little collection of silver plate serving pieces. I wished I’d had more than $13 in my wallet or my check book. While they are only silver plate, the pieces were well-priced. At Roland Morgan, Portsmouth, RI.
3) Decorative Squirrel water spout, $45
I thought this would make a lovely wall-mounted faucet for a vessel sink in a powder room. Obviously, you’d have to build it out a bit since it’s not wide, but it would sure be cute! At Jack Tullish Antiques & Fine Art.
4) Art Nouveau bust of a Medieval Noblewoman. 16-1/2′ high in painted plaster. $350
At Stephen L. Snow Auctioneers & Appraisers. Isn’t she pretty? I thought she’d look so pretty on a library shelf, or in a garden room. There’s just something so serene in her countenance.
5) Botanical prints at The Scrapbook, Essex, MA. $57 each
These are hand-colored wood engravings, originally printed around 1599. What a beautiful addition to a garden room!
6) Purple tinted antique bottles at Camille Buda & Matt King, Marshfield, MA Priced between $12-20 each.
Apparently, these small bottles would have been originally clear glass, circa 1880-1920. Manganese was used at the time to bleach glass to make it clear, but over time, sunrays or UV rays turned the manganese purple. A little research tells me that bottles this deep a purple would have been subjected to artificial UV rays in order to enhance the color. They sure are pretty though!
7) Victorian Candle lamps at Camille Buda Antiques, Marshfield, MA. Price not noted.
The glass globes of these candle lamps are so beautiful! The color just popped and is so fresh today. I was honestly not sure about the base – it looked too “stainless steel” to me and I wondered if they were replacements, but I didn’t have a chance to ask the owners.
8) Set of twelve Limoges oyster plates. $1,350/set.
Duxbury is known for its bay oysters, so these plates seemed right at home. I don’t personally like oysters, but I might change my mind if they were served on these dishes. I also love the idea of rough and gnarly oysters plated on porcelain and gold. At Ciel Glynn Antiques, Cambridge, MA.
9) Pewter and mirrored tile candle sconces. Pair for $425
I just loved these sconces and wish they were in my budget right now! They would produce such a beautiful glow with the candle light dancing in the mirrors. At Bayberry Antiques, Rockland, MA.
I hope you all enjoyed my selection of favorite items from this year’s Duxbury Antique Show!
THE DIVA OF THE DAY:
Linda Merrill, IFDA!
Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings
PO Box 1206 Duxbury, MA 02332
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