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The Original Semi-annual York Antiques Show and Sale

York, Pennsylvania

The Original Semi-annual York Antiques Show and Sale

There was a lot of Americana for sale at the 172nd Original Semi-annual York Antiques Show and Sale in York, Pennsylvania. A surprise snowstorm didn’t keep a corps of regulars from coming to the York Fairgrounds on Friday, February 1. Some arrived late; the storm did keep the gate down. Those who came from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., said the drive was not bad, but those who drove from Philadelphia and its suburbs found it treacherous. Saturday was very crowded; Super Bowl Sunday was quiet after 3 p.m., but those who came after church did some buying.

Joseph J. Lodge of Lederach, Pennsylvania, asked $29,500 for this corner cupboard from the Lehigh Valley with original bittersweet paint, unusual black decoration, and French feet.

“Pflug & Ackley” copper and iron weathervane, 39" x 58", circa 1880, made for a beverage and bottling company in Hempstead, Long Island, pictured in the Nassau Post in situ, $29,000 from Kelly Kinzle.

Painted barber pole found in Nashville, Jackson County, Iowa, circa 1870, 83½" x 15½", an unusual variation of the classic American barber pole, finial and one base molding replaced, $3500 from Kelly Kinzle of New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

There were four barber poles at the York show. Newsom & Berdan Antiques & Folk Art, Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, asked $2650 for this 42¾" tall freestanding barber pole found in Pennsylvania.

Bill Kelly of Limington, Maine, offered this box cupboard with expressive paint decoration, $11,000; the red and yellow painted box on it was $1450.

Quilt dealers, collectors of Christmas items, and collectors of mochaware know just where to find their major suppliers, and they make a beeline to their stands, decide quickly on their purchases, and then shop the show. Dealers have carved out their spaces, and you find them in the same place year after year.

The York show is a place to do comparative shopping. This year there were four barber poles, a dozen good weathervanes, half of them banners, and two leaping deer. There was plenty of furniture—chests of drawers, painted dressers, painted corner cupboards, tall-case clocks, and several ladder-back chairs, along with 18th-century side chairs and armchairs.

James L. Price sold a Lancaster schrank fresh to market and priced right at $14,000. Kelly Kinzle sold a large Pennsylvania walnut open dresser on a phone call from someone reading M.A.D. who saw that it had sold at Northeast Auctions and learned that Kinzle was the buyer. James Kilvington sold an 18th-century English wing chair with a needlework cover and a transitional Philadelphia armchair. Joseph J. Lodge sold a Windsor settee, a barber pole, half a dozen pieces of redware, and more.

Thomas and Beverly Longacre of Marlborough, New Hampshire, offered an early 19th-century buttocks basket of New York origin for $250; an 18th-century New England knuckle-arm Windsor chair in old black paint for $2300; a double-sided backgammon game board in a box with dovetailed corners, found in Vermont, for $650; a wooden cross-legged side table with a bittersweet top, 20th century, for $160; a bird on a swing, 1900-20, for $260; and a hooked rug with animals in the forest, from a Peterborough, New Hampshire, house, 1880-1920, for $1950. Beverly Longacre said three collectors came early and bought glass and cotton Christmas ornaments, some priced at $195 each.

This redware jar, probably made in Pennsylvania, circa 1820, with mocha-like drips over a colorful base and with no repairs, 8½" high, was $7500 from Samuel Herrup Antiques, Sheffield, Massachusetts.

Melvin “Butch” Arion does a lot of advertising, so he was disappointed that his show was not full. “Instead of 96 dealers, there were 89,” he said. “I used to have a long waiting list of dealers who wanted to do the show, and I filled every booth when someone dropped out because of illness or conflicts. That did not happen this year.”

Some dealers sold and bought well, but others said selling was slow. For the last several years there has not been the amount of dealer-to-dealer selling during the two-day setup as there once was, and even though the consensus was that the quality was as high as at any York show, there was not much preshow selling this year.

Perennial York show shoppers must wait for the 173rd York Antiques Show and Sale, scheduled for September 20-22. There are no holidays and no major sporting events on those dates, just three full days of antiquing and a day and a half for setup at the York Fairgrounds, easily accessible from the Route 30, with plenty of free parking. Many dealers said they are still hoping Arion will change it to a two-day show with a one-day setup, making booth rent a little cheaper so they can eke out a profit.

For more information, call Melvin L. Arion at (302) 875-5326 or see (www.theoriginalyorkantiquesshow.com).

Have you ever seen a larger lidded rye straw basket? It is close to 3' wide. It was $2600 from James Kilvington of Dover, Delaware.

“Votes for Women” suffrage pennant with a St. Louis maker’s label for the St. Louis Button Company, 1910-20, $5800 from Jeff R. Bridgman of York County, Pennsylvania.

Harold Cole and Bettina Krainin of Woodbury, Connecticut, and Wiscasset, Maine, asked $35,000 for this early banister-back chair, which they said was made in southern New Jersey, 1690-1720.

Large pearlware candlestick, English, circa 1800, $1250 from Lisa S. McAllister of Clear Spring, Maryland.

Jewett-Berdan Antiques, Newcastle, Maine, sold the punched-tin star that once had lights inside; it came from an African American church. They also sold the pair of store signs from Belfast, Maine, listing prices for groceries—grapefruit was 5¢ each; four pounds of bananas were 25¢. The birch and maple tea table was $2450. The decorated box, circa 1895, was $950; and the watermelon farm sign from the Midwest, $2250.

The Philadelphia side chair with a vasiform splat and a cupid’s-bow crest, attributed to William Savery (1721/22-1787), Philadelphia, circa 1745, maple with a rush seat, 40½" high, was $16,000. It has an old surface and replaced rush seat. It was from the Dudley and Constance Godfrey collection. The kitchen dresser, possibly Lebanon County, circa 1800, walnut, 83¼" x 47¾", was $16,500. The inlaid walnut tall-case clock with a crenellated pediment housing a 30-hour works by John Miller, circa 1775, 86" tall, was $15,500. All were from Philip Bradley of Sumneytown, Pennsylvania. Although the clock is listed as having been made in Germantown, Bradley believes it may have been made in the Lehigh/Northampton area.

Handmade child’s suit, circa 1930, $175 from Thomas Brown of McMurray, Pennsylvania. It made everyone smile.

Jeffrey Tillou of Litchfield, Connecticut, asked $12,500 for this late 19th-century carved, turned wood and gilt double-sided trade sign for a house and sign painter. It is in remarkably good condition.

Jane Langol of Medina, Ohio, sold this cupboard on Friday during the height of the snowstorm. The eider duck was $410, and the two ice fishing decoys were $175.

James L. Price of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, asked $14,000 for this Pennsylvania schrank, probably Lancaster County, with its original rat-tail hinges and original shelves, fresh to market. He sold it along with half a dozen pieces of furniture. Price has a following; he said some are collectors are in their 40s.

John Rogers of New London, New Hampshire, asked $8975 for this big ash burl bowl, probably made by a Native American.

Jeff Ingram of Thomas Restoration, Laurel, Maryland, restores redware and stoneware. He took half a booth and said he got some business. He said he learned restoration from a restorer in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and decided to specialize in redware and stoneware instead of porcelain. He is holding a redware plate he put together from shards.

Axtell Antiques, Deposit, New York, asked $5500 for this ladder-back chair with sausage turnings and sleigh arms, in red paint, made for the Forbes family in East Hartford, Connecticut. 

Originally published in the May 2019 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2019 Maine Antique Digest

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