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Antiques in Indian Lake

Betty Flood | September 18th, 2013

Jon Magoun of South Paris, Maine, had a large 30" x 40" Indian wool basket for $900; an Indian dual-colored drying basket, 24" x 21", for $395; a Penobscot decorated wall basket for $185; a rocking chair by Snowcraft Company, Norway,  Maine, for $95; and a wool-decorated guide boat chair for $195.

Deborah Heck of Washington, New York, had three pairs of antique Tony Lama cowboy boots in, left to right, ostrich leather priced at $150, vintage cowhide priced at $49, and vintage cowhide priced at $75. Also included in the photo are a large Adirondack smoking stand priced at $170, a smaller Adirondack smoking stand priced at $150, and a moose rug for $45.

Peter C. Burt of Decker Hill Antiques, Dekalb Junction, New York, had a Mission oak desk priced at $425, a decoy lamp for $40, and an iron “National Safe” bank for $50. There was also a five-gallon stoneware jug with cobalt-blue decoration and signed “G.A. Cronkite, Rouses Point, New York.”

Bob Ross of Ross Brothers Antiques, Florence, Massachusetts, boasted a $3800 moose head and three decorated paddles—one red and purple, one blue, and one with a painted fish—priced at $125 each.

A birch bark creel with leather straps priced at $175 and an English wicker creel in green paint for $150 were offered by Bob Loden.

Adirondack Mountains Antiques Show, Indian Lake, New York

Dealers were fortunate to have good weather September 18-22 for the Adirondack Mountains Antiques Show in Indian Lake, New York. Dealers settled in for four and a half days, a long time to be camping out, paying for lodging and food, and hoping for constant traffic.

Traffic was brisk the first two days, and then dimmed down for Jon Magoun after he sold a four-drawer Old Hickory chest, some garden trellises, pack baskets, and two bears. Later he sold a moose head, a coyote, a red canoe, a fish painting, a painting of a man who was fishing from a boat, and some oars and paddles.

“My show was considered very good, but also a lot of hard work for four days, plus the cost of two hundred dollars for diesel fuel. These are the things that people don’t take into consideration,” said Magoun.

Bob Ross said the show was not fantastic but good enough when he sold five sets of moose antlers ranging in price from $100 to $250. The great wooden sign reading “Sunshine” did not sell, but several paddles sold, and an iron boot scraper with a pair of eagles sold for $240. Several small items ranging from $10 to $200 also sold to late buyers.

Dave Kittredge said, “I think I was the only dealer who brought a full zebra rug, and while it attracted a lot of attention, I wound up bringing it home. I guess zebras aren’t too popular in the Adirondacks. All in all it was a good show with great people. Folks showed a lot of interest but were careful in their large purchases.”

Bob Loden said he was very happy but had been set up only for Thursday and Friday. “Friday night was pretty good. I didn’t sell any of my Indian arrowhead collections, but I did sell an ax/Celt hand tool; several pre-1900 rods and reels; several hand-forged traps, ranging in price from fifty to five hundred dollars and two oil paintings, one of a pheasant, the other of a woodcock, also called a timberdoodle. I found that once sales were over two hundred dollars, they were met with resistance. We did not have the impulse buyers, and I think there was a limited amount of money that people felt they could spend.”

Andrea Wasmund of Orchard Park, New York, seemed to be the only dealer who brought antique and collectible dolls to the show. “I did very well the first two days and sold several of my Skookum dolls and had several repeat customers from last year who were adding to their collection.”

Jim Worcester said he didn’t bring a lot of furniture from his shop in Antrim, New Hampshire, but sold several paddles and decoys and was looking forward to a “be-back” customer, who was interested in his large table priced at $450. “We had a pretty good show at the beginning of the week, then it slowed down on Thursday but picked up over the weekend. It’s difficult to do a long show, particularly when many people are looking at items but don’t have the enthusiasm to purchase them. I would say there was no impulse buying in my booth at least.”

Deborah Heck of Washington, New York, said she was surprised at the number of people who were not interested in the country items but wanted to see her one little of tray of jewelry. She replenished the tray several times, and we witnessed a gentleman who said, “I will take the whole tray.” Unfortunately, we never had an opportunity to see everything that was on display in that particular tray, but we did see Indian beads and several men’s tie clasps with fishing, hunting, or other related sports images.

Most dealers are anxious to see what is going to happen in 2014 when the Indian Lake show will be a weeklong event held September 16-21, and the Adirondack Museum Show in Blue Mountain Lake will be held on Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21.

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Jim Worcester of Antrim, New Hampshire, was proud of his Winchester sign priced at $400. He also had a British Columbia signed totem for $495, a wall box for $275, a plain paddle for $125, and a large one-drawer table for $450. Decoys included one by Fred Gardner for $65, a red-headed hen, probably made for Abercrombie and Fitch, for $175, and a large Monhegan eider decoy carved by Marty Collins in the Gus Wilson style for $1160. A paddle painted with a fish was $145; an Indian creel, $300; a storage box, $350; a silk trade cloth strap, $795; a small quill box, $350; and a weird wood box, $45.

Originally published in the December 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest

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